Life Cycle Research Unit GOOGLE


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Life cycles are such a fun topic to research! This life cycle research unit is perfect for students who are learning how to use informational text and studying various types of animal and plant life cycles. It is the perfect unit for students who are just learning how to research as well as students who know how to research already. Students can conduct traditional book and/or internet research. This research unit makes learning fun and engaging. Everything you need for a successful unit is included!



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Peek inside the Life Cycles unit in the video below! The video shows both formats. This listing includes the digital Google Slides version ONLY. If you’d like both versions, check out the bundle by clicking here. 

Students will first learn how to use the text features in informational text including the table of contents and index. They will also learn how to find credible sources on the internet. Then, students will be assigned an animal or plant life cycle (and optionally, a partner or group to work with). Students will have a Life Cycle Research Journal that they will use as a guide as they research about their assigned life cycle. Editable sections have been added to the research journals so you may add your own questions!

Once students have completed their research, they will use it to complete two culminating activities: a diorama of their life cycle in a shoe box and a written life cycle report. Finally, other classes and parents will be invited to the “Life Cycle Fair” where your students can show off their dioramas.


  • Teacher Info Pages: This includes a sample unit outline, grading rubric, and lesson plans for internet research, intro lesson, research journals, and final projects.
  • Book research/ text features worksheets: Students will review other text features including: glossary, titles, headings, photos, captions, graphs/charts, and special print. They will also compare and contrast the table of contents and index.
  • Internet research worksheets: These worksheets will familiarize your students with how to find credible sources on the internet for research. THESE CAN BE COMPLETED DIGITALLY!
  • Animal and Plant Cards Cards with the name and clip art of each plant and animal. You can use these to assign students an animal/plant to research. The animal and plant cards included are:
    • Butterfly
    • Frog
    • Chicken
    • Grasshopper
    • Ladybug
    • Plant
    • Apple
    • Bat
    • Bee
    • Pumpkin
    • Spider
    • Sunflower
    • Ant
    • Fly
    • Mosquito
    • Penguin
    • Sea Turtle
    • Tomato
  • Research Journals: The research journals will guide the students throughout their research. There is one question on each page for the students to find the answer to. 13 pre-written pages are included, plus 6 blank ones to add your own questions. Since this is the Google Slides version, students can type right into the pages! Full page and half page versions are BOTH included in this resource. Choose which version is best for your students.
  • Life Cycle Diorama & Written Report Instructions Lesson plan for the student’s final project
  • Diorama Example A photo example of the final project
  • Parent Letter & Life Cycle Fair Invitation: Keep the parents in the loop! Let them know what is going on with the unit and invite them to the fair, if you decide to host one.
  • Final Report Pages and info: A final report page is included as well as examples and lessons to have students create a life cycle diorama.

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This is perfect for my ELA class on “technical writing”, which will have students doing crosscurricular research and research projects. Thank you so much for saving me a ton of time!!!

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Excellent research focused unit on life cycles. This unit has everything to help get the students started with their research and work through the project. Having these in Google Slides format is perfect so my students can research and create on their computer both in school and at home without losing their work.

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