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Friday, March 11, 2016

Springing into Learning!

Spring time is my favorite time of year to teach.  Our science lessons literally come alive and the students couldn't be more engaged! We observe several animals in their habitats - from the very beginning stages of life, until we set them free. The students remain on task during these lessons and since they are hands-on lessons, they leave each day a wealth of knowledge on how living things grown and change. Each year I have also found that my life cycle lessons create a buzz of meaningful conversation among my students and invoke many questions from their inquiring minds. Take a look at our projects for this spring....

We watch the butterfly change from cocoon to adult, keep them a few days, and then set them free!  

For the first time last year, we watched as the ladybugs hatched. The students enjoyed it so much, I wanted to bring it back this year!

A life cycle lesson wouldn't be complete without those hard working ants!  While, we do not actually see how they grown and change, we enjoy learning about their "jobs" in an anthill.

One very interesting life cycle we observe from beginning to end is that of an earthworm's life cycle. This one actually takes a while, but when the baby earthworms hatch from their pods, we get SO excited!

This year our class was very fortunate to have all of these materials and habitats donated to our classroom by some very generous people associated with the DonorsChoose website.  Our project was scheduled to end by June, so I was actually looking at starting this entire unit with next year's class, but this past weekend, we were completely funded and expect materials by the end of the week!  My goal is to post pictures as the students begin working with the materials.

To supplement learning for my students, I created QR codes to help them learn all about the development of each animals - and others as well.  Below, I have posted my latest product that you can find for FREE in my store!  Just click on the picture to be taken my store for your FREE download!  

If you like this product and feel the need for more, I have a paid product that offers more animals and more QR codes for each. It's pretty awesome, in my opinion, but I guess you could say I'm a bit bias!  Check it out anyway!  :)

Thanks for checking my Spring ideas out!  Be sure to visit other bloggers who are participating in the Springing into Learning bloghop! I am sure you will be able to grab some ideas for all of us!  Go get your learn on!  :)


  1. I have never done an earthworm life cycle in school before, only the caterpillars. Neat ideas!

  2. This year is my first doing the caterpillars and butterflies.... My second year doing earthworms... its actually kinda cool! :)