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Life Cycles
Age 7-9: Concept 3 - Cycles: Unit 1

In this unit, your child will examine the life cycles of plants, insects, and animals. He will appreciate the role that each of these actors plays in the life cycle of others and be able to graphically illustrate this role using food pyramids and energy webs. He will design a new species that is specifically adapted for its environment.

This unit can be used independently, but it is also designed to be used concurrently with the literature unit, Poppy.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books on a 3rd or early 4th grade reading level
  • Can answer comprehension questions about a chapter in a journal
  • Able to write three or four sentences on a topic
  • Usually used by children in second or third grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Characteristics of Living Things
  • Lesson 2: What Is A Life Cycle?
  • Lesson 3: Life Cycle of Animals (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: Insect Life Cycles (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Plants and Soil (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Circle of Life
  • Lesson 7: Energy and Food Chains (2 Days)
  • Lesson 8: Food Webs and Energy Pyramids
  • Lesson 9: Animals' Design
  • Final Project: A New Species (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Classify and sequence organisms, objects, and events based on properties and patterns. (Science)
  • Compare and contrast life cycles of other animals. (Science)
  • Conduct simple investigations. (Science)
  • Construct reasonable explanations and draw conclusions using information and prior knowledge. (Science)
  • Describe the life cycle of living things. (Science)
  • Discuss and justify merits of a decision. (Science)
  • Identify the interdependence of plants and animals. (Science)
  • Observe and describe cycles in nature. (Science)
  • Observe and recognize that living things need food, air, and space to grow. (Science)
  • Observe and record functions of animal parts. (Science)
  • Observe the different stages in the life cycle of a plant or animal. (Science)
  • Recognize that living things need food, air, and space to grow. (Science)
  • Understand the interdependence of plants and animals. (Science)
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