Springtime in kindergarten means the introduction of animal life cycles. We discuss plant life cycles with sunflowers, apples, and pumpkins in the fall, but animal life cycles in kindergarten is a brand new concept!
Kindergarten LIfe CYcle Books
We really love the Science Vocabulary Readers, Ladybug Life Cycle, Butterfly Life Cycle, and Frog Life Cycle. All three readers provide simple, informative descriptions of the life cycle of each animal. The illustrations are perfect for kindergarten! My Baby Blue Jays is a great book to teach about bird life cycles. John Berendt tells the story of a mama and papa bird building a nest on his balcony. He goes on to share the details of the eggs, hatchlings, and the baby birds hopping out into the world. It's a very relatable, engaging story for the kids! I also like to bring in stuffed animals or puppets whenever I can to connect to our themes. It's a great hook at the beginning of lessons! The kids know that if they do a great job listening and answering questions, they will get to pet the animals. For added fun, our featured creature always "gets" someone with a lick, a noise, etc. They go crazy, and it makes me laugh. Yes, I am easily entertained.
Life Cycle Anchor Chart for Kindergarten
To connect to our Fall life cycle lessons, I remind students of the sunflower life cycle on our interactive anchor chart. Each day of the week, we discuss another creature, and students are provided with a hands-on activity to show understanding of each life cycle.
Interactive Life Cycle Crafts for Kindergarten
Students create crafts during morning work, and during science, we discuss the life cycle sheets and glue pieces in order on the crafts.
Life Cycle Picture Books for Kindergarten
During our reading block, we read life cycle picture books. At the beginning of the unit, we read, When I Was Little by Jamie Lee Curtis. This is the perfect book for students to make connections to their own life and growing up. We read Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle, to make connections to babies and mamas. We discuss the names of each baby animal for vocabulary exploration, too. After learning about the life cycle of butterflies, The Very Impatient Caterpillar is a fun book to connect to throughout the week. Chickens Aren't the Only Ones is a super book to learn about a variety of animals who lay eggs. Since we're learning about eggs, we tie The Good Egg, by Jory John and Pete Oswald, into our guidance lessons. I just love it when a good theme comes together with books!
Life Cycle Craft Activities for Kindergarten
Add hands-on life cycle learning to your classroom! Select individual crafts or discounted craft bundles to best meet the needs of your little learners!
Life Cycle, Spring Activities: Craft a Duck, Turtle, Bee, Lima Bean Plant
Life Cycle Activities for Spring: Craft a Frog, Butterfly, Ladybug, Chicken
Life Cycle Activities: Ant, Dragonfly, Bird, Tomato Crafts for Science Centers
Apple Life Cycle Kindergarten Arts and Crafts Writing Lesson Activity
Spring Craft Activities for Kindergarten
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