Integration Idea of the Week- Life Cycles

Integration Idea of the Week- Life Cycles

Welcome to my new series, Integration Idea of the Week! Each week I will post ideas for integrating other subjects with a specific topic. I feel very passionate about trying to integrate subjects as much as possible to make authentic and deep learning experiences for students. Integration can be daunting, but you can do it! My goal is to give teachers the confidence and tools they need to regularly integrate in their classroom.

This week's focus is life cycles!

  • Literacy/Writing- After reading The Diary of a Worm or The Diary of a Spider, Students will write a story using research and facts about an animal outlining events in the life of that animal. They should choose a specific section of the animal's life cycle to describe in their writing or choose to write their story across the animal's life to use more than one part of their life cycle.
  • Math- Students will represent data about organisms' changes, lengths of life, reproduction rates, etc. and compare and contrast them within a species (across their lives) and across species. Students will graph this data to represent the change over time or to compare multiple species.
  • Art- Students will create an animated flipbook showing the changes of an organism across its lifetime. Check out this website for a technology integration opportunity!
  • Social Studies- Students will identify differences in life cycles across cultures. They will study and identify milestones, stages, and important events across different cultures (ex: Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Baptism, Quinceañera, Rumspringa, Bullet Ant Initiation, Native American coming of age ceremonies, etc.)

Book Ideas:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle)
  • The Tiny Seed (Eric Carle)
  • From Caterpillar to Butterfly (Deborah Heiligman)
  • Ribbit (Jorey Hurley)
  • First the Egg (Laura Vaccaro Seeger)
  • The Dandelion's Tale (Kevin Sheenan)
  • Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
  • Fish is Fish (Leo Leonni)
  • Brilliant Bees (Linda Glaser)
  • Little Penguin: the Emperor of Antarctica (Jonathan London)
  • What Did I Look Like When I Was a Baby? (Jeanne Willis)

Let me know in the comments below if you have a specific topic you want me to focus on in a future post!

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