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Life Cycle Unit 

Lesson Plan Overview 
Lesson #1: Pre-Assessment and Introduction
Big Idea: Students express their prior knowledge about life stages.

Overview Assessment Methods Instructional Design Notes

• Students speculate what • Students will complete a • Engage stage of 5Es
mature plants and animals Google form expressing • Wiggins and McTighe Pre/Post
might have looked like prior knowledge. Assessment model for data-driven
before they became adults. • Students will create a instruction
• Teams choose illustrations drawing of “what came • Merrill’s Activation Principle,
and draw in notebook before” scored according activating existing knowledge as a
about what the plants and to rubric. foundation for new knowledge
animals were before. • Students will work in • Remembering level of Bloom’s
• Students draw pictures to cooperative groups to Taxonomy
show their ideas and compare posters and • Marzano Strategies
display them on a team complete a Google form. o Identifying Similarities and
poster. Differences
• Teams compare posters, o Reinforcing Effort and
and reflections are Providing Recognition
recorded within a Google o Non-Linguistic Representation

Lesson #2: Doing Science

Big Idea: Students review the Scientific Method and prepare for collaborative investigation.

Overview Assessment Methods Instructional Design Notes

• Students review the • Students will complete • Merrill’s Activation Principle,
definition of and reason Google forms throughout activating existing knowledge as a
for conducting a fair test. this lesson for evaluation. foundation for new knowledge.
• Students complete Google • Students create a diagram • Understanding level of Bloom's
Forms while watching of the scientific process Taxonomy
embedded video of a "Fair using Kidspiration. • Marzano Strategies
Test." o Non-linguistic representation
• Students then use
Kidspiration to
demonstrate understanding
of the scientific process.

Life Cycle Unit 
Lesson Plan Overview 
Lesson #3: Mystery Objects
Big Idea: Brine shrimp grow from eggs and pea plants grow from seeds.

Overview Assessment Methods Instructional Design Notes

• Students express prior • Formative assessment • Explore stage of 5Es
knowledge of what seeds will be conducted using • Merrill’s Activation Principle,
and eggs need to grow. Google Forms. activating existing knowledge as a
• Students use Google forms • Anecdotal notes should foundation for new knowledge
to plan and conduct an also be taken during • Creating level of Bloom's
investigation that will observation of students. Taxonomy
allow them to distinguish • Marzano Strategies
seeds from eggs. o Questions, Cues, and Note
o Generating and Testing

Lesson #4: Crazy Caterpillars

Big Idea: Caterpillars change in predictable ways as they grow.

Overview Assessment Methods Instructional Design Notes

• Students use a Google • Students are pre-assessed • Explore stage of 5Es
form to express their prior using a Google form. • Merrill’s Activation Principle,
knowledge of a caterpillar • Throughout this unit, activating existing knowledge as a
before raising one of their students will also be foundation for new knowledge
own. blogging and creating a • Bloom’s Taxonomy levels:
• Students observe and Power Point presentation. comprehension, knowledge,
record changes in the These should be assessed application, analysis
caterpillar using a digital following simple rubrics. • Marzano Strategies
camera, blog, and Power o Summarizing and Note taking
Point presentation. o Collaborative Working
o Reinforcing Effort and

Life Cycle Unit 
Lesson Plan Overview 
Lesson #5: Alien Invasion

Big Idea: Beetles go through predictable changes as they grow.

Overview Assessment Methods Instructional Design Notes

• Students sort beetles of • Throughout this unit, • Explore stage of 5Es
various life stages and students will also be • Bloom’s Taxonomy levels:
record findings using a blogging and creating a comprehension, knowledge,
Google form. Power Point presentation. application, analysis
• Students observe and • These should be assessed • Marzano Strategies
record changes for following simple rubrics. o Summarizing and Note taking
mealworms as they o Collaborative Working
become darkling beetles o Reinforcing Effort and
using a digital camera, Recognition
blog, and Power Point o Non-linguistic Representation
• Students may record
audio for their
presentations using

Lesson #6: The Circle of Life

Big Idea: Beetles go through predictable life stages that are part of a life cycle.

Overview Assessment Methods Instructional Design Notes

• Students use information • Students create a diagram • Explain stage of 5Es
from a reading, "Beetle in Kidspiration • Blooms Taxonomy Levels:
with a Bite," by Judy demonstrating the life creating, analyzing,
Brooks, to describe and cycle of the beetle. This understanding, and remembering
sequence the life stages will become part of the • Marzano Strategies
of a beetle in capstone project. o Identifying Similarities and
Kidspiration. • Students will also reflect Differences
on this exercise in a blog. o Summarizing and Note Taking
• These should all be o Cooperative Learning
assessed following a o Cues, Questions, and
simple rubric. Advanced Organizers

Life Cycle Unit 
Lesson Plan Overview 
Lesson #7: From Aardvark to Zucchini

Big Idea: Every plant and animal has a life cycle.

Overview Assessment Methods Instructional Design Notes

• Students work in groups • Students create a group • Elaborate stage of 5Es.
using technological Power Point • Blooms Taxonomy Levels:
resources to research a demonstrating the life creating, analyzing, applying,
plant or animal of their cycle of a plant or animal understanding, and remembering
own choosing and create a of their choosing and • Marzano Strategies
Power Point Presentation present it to the class. o Identifying Similarities and
for the class on its life • This should be assessed Differences
cycle. following a simple rubric. o Summarizing and Note talking
• Students use Wall wisher o Reinforcing effort and
to provide peer feedback providing recognition
on presentations. o Nonlinguistic representation
o Cooperative learning
o Cues, Questions, and
Advanced Organizers

Lesson #8: Life Cycle The Movie

Big Idea: A life cycle is the pattern of life stages that living things go through to produce young.

Overview Assessment Methods Instructional Design Notes

• Students watch a short • Students create a movie • Evaluate stage of 5Es
movie produced by the using Movie Maker to • Wiggins and McTighe Pre/Post
teacher of life cycle demonstrate what they Assessment model for data-driven
posters created by the have learned about life instruction
students during the pre- cycles. • Blooms Taxonomy Levels:
assessment. • Students also complete an creating, evaluating, analyzing,
• Students reflect upon what assessment and self applying, understanding, and
they have learned in the evaluation in Google remembering
unit about insects, life forms. • Marzano Strategies
stages, and life cycles. o Setting Objectives and
• Students take all previous Providing Feedback
Power Points and use the
pictures, data, and other
information to create a
movie in Movie Maker.