Teaching Through Trade Books: Looking at Life Cyclesby: Christine Anne Royce

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This article discusses the different stages of the life cycles of butterflies and frogs.

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  • on Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:30 AM

This article discussed two excellent books about life cycles of frogs and butterflies. This is followed by a lesson plan associated with each book. Be aware that you would need to order butterfly larva and frogs from a science materials provider.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:54 PM

This article contains lesson plans for life cycles of living things using the 5 E inquiry lesson model, and a specific trade book is identified for each lesson. Included are helpful graphic organizers and the intentional aligning of the Common Core ELA standards in vocabulary acquisition and use (in grades K-3) and for integration of knowledge and ideas (in grades 4 – 6). The only downside of using these lesson plans revolves around the need to arrange for the timely delivery of live specimens for each of the two lessons. For grades K -3, the author used the larvae of butterflies, and for the grades 4 – 6, the author used frog eggs. The website resources provided at the end of the article are a bonus. Plus there is a URL that takes one to the NSTA website where the student activity sheets needed for the observation activities can be found and downloaded.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)

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