We had begun our unit on life cycles and I wanted my students to be able to predict what the life cycle of the ant would be like, before we actually discussed it. They predicted how they thought it would be, and I was extremely pleased that every single student started the life cycle with the egg and ended it with an adult!
Though all of my students have seen an ant, they had never really thought about its life cycle. I created a PowerPoint,Life Cycle of an Ant, to help guide them through the process. The PowerPoint has many pictures and some video clips to help touch upon the different learning styles in my room and to keep my students actively engaged.
After discussing, looking at pictures, and video clips about the life cycle of the ant, my students closed their notebooks, and completed the graphic organizer,Life Cycle of an Ant. I wanted them to be able to think back over what we had just covered. They were also able to work with a buddy to complete the organizer if they were really struggling.
As a culminating activity, discussing and comparing their predictions to the actual life cycle allowed my students the opportunity to share the similarities and the differences they are noticing in animal life cycles. The fact that they all knew that the life cycle started with an egg and ended with an adult showed that they were beginning to grasp the academic concepts of this unit and will add to their schema when we learn about how ant behavior helps it survival.