Re: Life Cycles
    retired K teacher

    Probably your single best resource for your lesson plans is your
    cooperating teacher. She is in the room and sees what you are
    doing and can give you suggestions on ways you can tweak the
    lesson and your timing. You only have 30-40 min for the
    lesson so you really don't have a lot of time to spend on any
    one part. The set and closure shouldn't take more than a min.
    or 2 (max) each. That leaves you with about 27 min. to do all
    the other parts of the lesson. The introduction can be a poster
    or a few pages of a non fiction book about the topic. There are
    a number of good books about life cycles.

    We never spent more than a week or so on animal life cycles
    and I did butterflies since that was more familiar to the children
    than frogs (most of my kids had never seen a frog). The Very
    Hungry Caterpillar was a good place to start and then I used
    some non fiction books. We made a 4 part sheet of the
    different parts of the life cycle. A small bean for the egg, a
    piece of chenille stick for the caterpillar, a cotton ball for the
    chrysalis, and a colored coffee filter pinched in the middle for
    the butterfly. I didn't try to do all 4 parts in a day. We also
    spent a week on plant life cycles.

    There are many good ideas on the internet and on teacher pay
    teacher for activities for plant and animal life cycles.

    On 3/09/17, JTeach1 wrote:
    > I'm currently student teaching in a kindergarten
    > classroom. One of the things I've working on is timing my
    > lessons better to include all components; set,
    > introduction, guided practice, independent practice
    > closure, & assessment. Our science/social block is 30-40
    > minutes and we alternate between the two subjects. We
    > will be starting a unit of life cycles soon. We will begin the
    > unit with frog life cycles. I always want to keep the
    > students engaged and I know that we will probably
    > discuss frog life cycles for a week & move on to other life
    > cycles. Any suggestions for different lessons/activities for
    > frog life cycles. Also, any suggestions on how to easily
    > include all lesson components. I somewhat struggle w/
    > introducing the lessons when we talk about a topic over
    > the course of a few days. I also struggle w/ guided
    > practice, specifically for certain activities (ex: crafts).
    > Lastly, how do you actually assess a craft activity, since
    > it's not like a worksheet where you can give a grade for
    > correct/incorrect? Any suggestions/tips would greatly be
    > appreciated :) As a student teacher I always enjoy
    > hearing advice from other teachers, and how others teach
    > certain subjects/topics. I provides me with ideas/direction
    > on how I can teach :)