Students explore Plant and Animal Life Cycles with twelve hands-on activities and the Delta Science Reader. In this research-based unit, students are fully responsible for the maintenance of two populations: pea plants and fruit flies, through their life cycles. Parallel activities with the plants and animals introduce students to the concept of progression through developmental stages. They trace the growth of peas from germination to flowering plants that produce new seeds. Simultaneously, they observe fruit fly larvae become pupae and see emerging adults lay the eggs of a new generation. They use their own charted data to compare the life cycles of plants and animals, and analyze one plant's biotic potential versus its reproductive activity.
In the Delta Science Reader Plant and Animal Life Cycles, students read about the life cycles of a variety of plants, animals, and fungi. They learn how some living things grow, change, and reproduce. They also read about a famous wildlife biologist, Jane Goodall, and her unique, long-term study of chimpanzees in Africa. Finally, students learn about emperor penguins and compare the sizes and weights of some newborn animals.
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