FoodPrints Curriculum

Life Cycles and Patterns


Habitats & Life Cycles

Standards Alignment:

Next Generation Science Standards

Common Core ELA

Grade Level:



Spring / May


The purpose of this lesson is for students to study the life cycle of a butterfly and observe plants at different stages of their life cycle in the garden. Students will act out the life cycle of a butterfly, review the stages in a plant’s life cycle, and compare these to their own life cycle. In the garden, students will identify, observe, and draw plants at different stages of growth. This lesson supports the DCPS Kindergarten Unit Changes in Nature and the Science Unit Living Things and Their Habitats. 

Big Idea

All living things have a life cycle.

Guiding Questions

  • What are the patterns in life cycles of butterflies, plants, and humans? 
  • What do living things need to go through a life cycle? 

Instructional Video to Support Teaching This Lesson