Life Cycles of Plants, Animals, and Insects

One of our favorite science topics is life cycles. Students are fascinated to find out about life cycles in animals. We discover that cycles can be found not only in animals, but in plants, planets, and insects too! This post provides learning resources and activities to teach life cycles of plants, animals, and insects.

Life Cycles of Plants, Animals, and Insects

It’s no secret we love a learning lapbook and that is simply because of how our students react and engage in the learning through this format! We have added and updated our library of lapbooks featuring plants, animals, and insects. This post will provide a home for those activity books and links packed with exciting learning. Let’s dive in.

Living Things

Before we dive into all things Life Cycle, let me share THIS POST on living things. It is our first unit of study to help students understand the difference between living and non-living. This one is a crowd-pleaser because we have fun activities like comparing gummy worms to earth worms, and teddy bears to gummy bears. 

Plant Science

Our plant science book has a post dedicated to exploring all things plants so we will link that for you HERE so you can see everything we do to engage young learners in the topic of seeds, plants, and life cycles.

This unit provides interactive science activities to teach all about plants! Tie in a fascinating subject like plants to your science standards with this Plant Science Unit. Fill your own science notebook or create a 3-dimensional plant science book full of interactive hands on science lessons on parts of a plant, plant life cycle, plant needs, and more! These lap book foldables make for great STEM resources for kindergarten, first, and second grade. To learn more about "Interactive Plant Science", visit

All About Plants

A new resource we have added in our All About Plants flip book which packs in a lot of learning in a fun simple fold and staple flip book.

Plant and Animal Interdependence

The study of animals, their life cycles, habitats, and food chain is what teaching is all about. Students are so eager to learn about these topics, that it makes teaching and learning a joy. Another new resource is our Plant and Animal Interdependence Learning Lapbook.

Animal and Plant Interdependence, Habitats, and Food Chains

  • Title and Craft for Cover
  • Vocabulary
  • Levels of the Food Chain
  • Producers vs. Consumers
  • Types of Eaters
  • Animal and Plant Dependency
  • Helpful or Hurtful to the Habitats?
  • Plants and Animals Venn Diagram
  • Who Lives in These Habitats?
  • Prewriting Organizer
  • Writing Animals, Plants, and The Food Chain

Another recent addition to our library of science learning and all things life cycles is our Chicken Science which you can find more info on HERE.

Butterfly and Insect Life Cycles

Interactive Butterfly Science is a fun-filled way to teach students to be a part of the scientific method while learning all about butterflies! Simple activities can be paired with age-appropriate research and read alouds to make a memorable discovery booklet about butterflies!

Butterfly Science Unit Includes:
  • Label a Butterfly
  • Life Cycle of a Butterfly
  • Facts of a Butterfly
  • Butterfly Vocabulary
  • Adaptations for Life
  • Reflections on Learning
  • Butterfly Observation Log
  • Butterfly Nectar Demonstration
  • Butterflies Can-Have-Are Tree Map
  • Butterflies Writing Paper
Insect Science

Insects creep their way into our students’ hearts and provide exciting learning opportunities. More info and a look into our insect learning can be found HERE in this post.

What do we do with all of these learning lapbooks?

What do we do with all of our learning lapbooks? Well, some of them make very cool 3D bulletin boards, some of them make our research writing portfolio, but most of them end up in our open house for when parents visit at the end of the year! There’s so much learning and fun for parents to look through when they come, and it makes the desks look so amazing too!

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