Lesson 4: Insect Life Cycles

Day 2

Activity 4: Life Cycle Puzzles

Materials: cardstock, glue, markers, scissors
On these pages, your child will find four life cycle puzzles. She can color the puzzles, glue them to cardstock paper, and cut them out. Then she can practice putting them together. Each time she completes a puzzle, encourage her to name and describe each stage of the life cycle. She can make the puzzles more challenging by dividing the pictures into more pieces. Laminating the puzzle pieces will help them last longer.

Activity 5: Missing Stages

Tell your child that while many insects go through a complete metamorphosis (change) like butterflies do (egg, larva, pupa, adult) but other insects like dragonflies and grasshoppers go though only 3 stages — egg, nymph, and adult. The nymph is a tiny version of the adult insect.

The mealworm (a type of beetle) has a life cycle similar to a butterfly. The following web site has more information about mealworms' life cycle.
Web Link
On the "Missing Stages" sheets, your child will find missing stages of some insects' life cycles on the life cycle wheels. Encourage her to illustrate and label the stages that are missing.

Select which option you would like your student to complete. Option 2 is more challenging.

Option 1

This option provides a word box for the missing labels.

Option 2 (Advanced)

This option does not provide the word box to label the missing stages. Your child can read about the life cycle of the insects and label the missing stages.

Activity 6: Live Butterfly Habitat

Materials: Butterfly Kit, journal
Give your child the live Butterfly Kit. Read the directions for how to set up the habitat. Your child will observe caterpillars as they turn into dangling chrysalides and then emerge into adult Painted Lady butterflies. Let your child keep a journal and spend five minutes each day drawing the insects in the habitat and writing a sentence to describe their appearance.