Earlier in the year, we completed a unit on animal life cycles. As a way to engage my students, I had them complete a Ladybug life cycle prediction, and seal it in an envelope. I told them that at the end of the lesson, we would check the predictions and there would be a sticker for all correct predictions. Nothing like a friendly competition to get students engaged!
I created the PowerPoint, Life Cycle of a Ladybug, because I wanted a way to engage my students through images and videos to help them get a deeper understanding of the ladybug's life cycle and the content vocabulary they needed to know in order to embrace the new content. My students use a modified Frayer Vocabulary Model, to further their understanding of the content vocabulary.
After taking notes and exploring the life cycle, I wanted my students to put all of the stages together and show it as a "cycle". I created the Life Cycle of a Ladybug Focus Page for them to place the stages in order. The students completed the page independently, and then we reviewed it together.
Reviewing the life cycle and then checking it against their predictions, helped my students better explain the life cycle phenomena to each other. Many thought their there was a nymph stage and most did not know that the ladybug goes through a metamorphosis.