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Keywords: Life cycles, journals, school-home connections
Subject(s): Information Skills, Art, Photography, Video, Animation, Spelling, Technology, Early Learning, Grammar, Podcasting, Science, Journalism, Life Science, Writing, Reading, Math, English/Language Arts
Grades K through 3
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: St Joseph Catholic Elem School, Waxahachie, TX
Planned By: Sharon Colleps
Original Author: Sharon Colleps, Waxahachie
It all begins with an egg and a seed!!
The students in my class will be able to watch in real time the hatching of eggs in an incubator by having a camera set to view inside through the clear window on the incubator. Also, they can see a monarch caterpillar hatch from a tiny butterfly egg with a camera to set next to the milkweed we have in the classroom. The egg will look large and the children can actually watch as the caterpillar eats its way out of the egg. They can take daily pictures of a planted seed and see the progress it makes daily. Then, the children will draw and write about the life cycles each time there are changes in their science, writing, and math journals. The class can share their experience by involving their families and relatives and sending them pictures during the school day or as something exciting happens. The lesson will be extended by having the children research other life cycles from plants or animals. The children can do math and science lessons on those life cycles on the computer or IPads.
Many children learn from seeing things and bringing real time pictures or videos into the classroom is so beneficial.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
The children will be able to research other countries that have the same life cycles in social studies. They will work on math lessons about lifecycles. The children can draw or paint pictures of the lifecycles during Art. In Music, they can learn songs to sing of the sequence of the lifecycles.
Later in the year, the children can see pictures of the growth of the chicks they hatched by having the farmer send pictures. Also, if it is a seed growing, the children can transplant the seedling into a school garden and continue to watch it grow. If it is a vegetable, they can harvest their vegetable and eat it in the room.
Materials: Whiteboards, Video Cameras, Flash Memory Camcorders, Flip Video, Wildlife, Point and Shoot, Digital SLR, Projectors, Short Throw Projectors, Networked Projectors, Portable, Projector Screens, Digital Voice Recorders, Microphones, Electronics, DVD/VCR Players, Art Tools, Video Tools, Microscopes, Pen Readers, Printers, Camera/Video Accessories, Camera Bags, Flash/USB Drives, Tripods, Batteries, Cables, LCD Monitors, Power, Keyboards, Headsets, Mice, Bags and Cases, Ports and Hubs, English/Language Arts, Reading, Literacy, Writing, Elementary, Science, Early Learning, Books, Word Processor, Podcasting, Inspiration, Authoring and Publishing, Web Page, Slideshow, Clip Art, Worksheets, Timeline, Cause and Effect, Switch Software, Speech and Language, Hardware Devices