These Free Life Cycle Printables Are Perfect for Spring Science Lessons

Kids will love this interactive way of learning about the life cycle of plants and animals.

Teaching about the life cycle is best done with visuals. 

You can read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and talk to students about a caterpillar’s transformation into a butterfly, but the concept really comes to life when they can see each step. The same is true for other life cycle lessons, which is why we’ve created a set of four life cycle printables. You can use these to do our paper plate project (see video below), or use them for your own project. They are available in both color and black and white. Just submit your email here to get your printables! 

Learn about ladybugs. 

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You can put the printables on paper plates or cut them up as separate steps and squares for your own project. 

Learn about frogs. 

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Your students can label each stage. 

Learn about butterflies. 

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With monarchs, you can also give a lesson about host plants and how the monarch caterpillar needs to eat milkweed. 

Learn about plants. 

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Don’t forget to talk about the importance of pollinators. That’s one of the steps here! 

Yes! I Want My Printable Life Cycles

Posted by Stacy Tornio

Stacy Tornio is a senior editor with WeAreTeachers. Nearly everyone in her family is a teacher. So she decided to be rebellious and write about teachers instead.

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