Metamorphic Animal Life Cycle
A WebQuest for 4th Grade (Life Science
Designed by

Kellye Daffron
Vivian Chen
Sandra Yi



Introduction
All animals such as insects, mammals, amphibians, and birds go through a life cycle. A life cycle is the different stages that the animal goes through throughout their life. Most animal go through three developmental stages: prebirth, young, and adult. Some animals, such as the butterfly and frog, go through a stage called metamorphosis in their life cycle. Metamorphosis is a big change that occurs in the animal's body.



The Task
To learn and explore how a butterflies and frogs comes to life through Metamorphosis. You will use the tools available in the lesson to organize what you discover about these animals and their life cycle. You will watch videos and read about your specific stage, then make a poster about your stage. You will present the poster to your classmates.



The Process
1. You will be assigned a group of 4. Your team will be assigned an animal and a metamorphic stage.
Butterfly:external image cartoon_butterfly_001.gifexternal image 3353560532_50507f1980.jpg
Group 1: Eggs
Group 2: Larva (Young)
Group 3: Pupa (also known as a chrysalis)
Group 4: Adult (Butterfly)

Frog:external image istockphoto_5186722-leap-frog-cartoon.jpg
Group 5: Eggs
Group 6: Tadpole (Young)
Group 7: Adult (Frog)


2. Read the following articles on your animal and take notes:
Butterfly
Frog

3. Watch the video about your specific stage:
Butterfly
Eggs
Larva
Pupa
Adult

Frog
Eggs
Tadpole
Adult

4. Use your notes and observations to make a poster about your specific stage. Your poster needs to include:
  • Name of your stage in big letters
  • One or more pictures with labels
  • Definition of your stage and facts

5. Prepare a 3 minute presentation to share with your class. Everyone must speak.



Evaluation

CATEGORY
Excellent
Good
Satisfactory
Needs Improvement
Contributions
Routinely provides useful ideas when participating in the group and in classroom discussion. A definite leader who contributes a lot of effort.
Usually provides useful ideas when participating in the group and in classroom discussion. A strong group member who tries hard!
Sometimes provides useful ideas when participating in the group and in classroom discussion. A satisfactory group member who does what is required.
Rarely provides useful ideas when participating in the group and in classroom discussion. May refuse to participate.
Problem-solving
Actively looks for and suggests solutions to problems.
Refines solutions suggested by others.
Does not suggest or refine solutions, but is willing to try out solutions suggested by others.
Does not try to solve problems or help others solve problems. Lets others do the work.
Time-management
Routinely uses time well throughout the project to ensure things get done on time. Group does not have to adjust deadlines or work responsibilities because of this person's procrastination.
Usually uses time well throughout the project, but may have procrastinated on one thing. Group does not have to adjust deadlines or work responsibilities because of this person's procrastination.
Tends to procrastinate, but always gets things done by the deadlines. Group does not have to adjust deadlines or work responsibilities because of this person's procrastination.
Rarely gets things done by the deadlines AND group has to adjust deadlines or work responsibilities because of this person's inadequate time management.
Quality of Work
Provides work of the highest quality.
Provides high quality work.
Provides work that occasionally needs to be checked/redone by other group members to ensure quality.
Provides work that usually needs to be checked/redone by others to ensure quality.
Presentation
All members speak in audible voices, good eye contact, all information presented.
All members speak in audible voices, some eye contact, some information presented.
Some members speak in audible voices, not all information presented.
Not all members participate, not all information presented.


Conclusion
When you are done exploring you will have a general understanding of the metamorphic stages of both the frog and the butterfly. You will be an expert on the specific stage that your group researched and will be able to teach it to someone else.


Credits & References
Butterfly life cycle: http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/monarch-life-cycle-coloring.html
http://exhibits.pacsci.org/insects/buttermoth.html
Frog Life cycle: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/amphibians/Frogprintout.shtml
http://www.tooter4kids.com/Frogs/life_cycle_of_frogs.htm
Butterfly Videos: howstuffworks.com
Frog Videos: youtube.com
howstuffworks.com