Explore Life Cycles! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

Explore Life Cycles! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

Explore Life Cycles! takes kids on an amazing journey, where they’ll learn about the changes plants and animals experience throughout their lives. Kids ages 6–9 will discover what happens inside those magical cocoons to transform a caterpillar into a butterfly. They’ll explore how frogs breathe underwater as tadpoles, then use lungs as an adult. Explore Life Cycles! will examine how plants and animals are born, develop, and live their lives. Activities range from creating edible life cycles of insects to making a mealworm nursery. Using an eye-catching combination of cartoons, fun facts, and exciting projects, Explore Life Cycles! will bring the mysteries of life right into kids’ hands.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $12.95
  • eBook, $9.95

Grade Level 3–4

Ages 7–10

GRL O

Subjects

  • Biology
  • Life Science

Author
 

Illustrator
Bryan Stone 

Specs

  • 8 x 10
  • 96 pages

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781934670804

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Explore Life Cycles! takes kids on an amazing journey, where they’ll learn about the changes plants and animals experience throughout their lives. Kids ages 6–9 will discover what happens inside those magical cocoons to transform a caterpillar into a butterfly. They’ll explore how frogs breathe underwater as tadpoles, then use lungs as an adult. Explore Life Cycles! will examine how plants and animals are born, develop, and live their lives. Activities range from creating edible life cycles of insects to making a mealworm nursery. Using an eye-catching combination of cartoons, fun facts, and exciting projects, Explore Life Cycles! will bring the mysteries of life right into kids’ hands.


Reviews

Library Media Connection
“This book is a great tool for elementary and middle school teachers. Each chapter discusses a life cycle, has Words to Know, and a sidebar called Did You Know? The chapters simply discuss ideas with vocabulary words set out in bold print. The chapters have fun recipes for snacks and suggestions for projects. The b&w illustrations are simple but support and enhance the text. This book was enjoyable to read, and I wanted to go find some children and try some of the experiments with them. Science teachers and anyone interested in science will find it a fun book to work with.”

Science Books and Films
“As its title suggests, this book explores life cycles in organisms ranging from fungi to humans. Its six chapters treat multiple topics, including the continuity of life across generations, scientific classification, birth in invertebrates, germination in plants, growth, metamorphosis, decay, and environmental disruption. Children ages 6-10, especially those with a science bent, will respond to this title’s kid-friendly layout. The book has the look and feel of a coloring book; it is meant to be marked up and personalized. Its many quirky factoids will appeal to young science buffs, and the rapidly paced shift from background information to hands-on activities combats the boredom factor. This book is good for parents when kids complain, ‘I don’t have anything to do.’”

Children’s Literature
“There’s no distance between Ms Reilly’s text and the kids she is addressing. She pulls them in with questions at the beginning of each chapter, questions that they can relate to: ‘Can you remember when you were younger? You were smaller, sure. And you probably couldn’t do many things that you can do now. Maybe you couldn’t ride a two-wheeler yet, or write a thank-you note card, or climb the monkey bars at the playground.’ She holds their attention by comparing the familiar to less familiar lives of plants and animals that the readers may not know about yet. Finally, she offers engaging activities that solidify the ideas presented. In addition to an overview of life cycles, her topics include: the systems of classification; how babies (including seedlings) enter the world; how all of these organisms grow to maturity; and threats to life cycles. Early science books don’t get too much better than this. This book will be welcomed by teachers as students study life cycles in their classroom as well as by parents who may have fun with the activities, including Insect Life Cycle Snack Mix, a Mealworm Nursery, and tree measuring, done from the ground. Illustrations provide humor, and fun facts are offered throughout the book.”

Learning Magazine Resources for Successful Teaching included Explore Life Cycles! in their back-to-school resource guide.
“An eye-catching combination of cartoons, facts, and projects helps children learn about the changes plants and animals experience throughout their lives. Activities in the book—such as growing topsy-turvy plants and making a mealworm nursery—bring the mysteries of life right into your classroom!”


Look Inside

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Projects

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Underwater Viewer

A lot of life cycles happen under water, where you can’t see them. With this underwater viewer you’ll be able to get a peek at the action. Have an adult with you when you use this viewer near any body of water.

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF


Author-Illustrator

Kathleen M. Reilly

Kathleen Reilly has written several books for Nomad Press, including Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself; The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works; Explore Weather and Climate! with 25 Projects; and Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. She is an award-winning author of several other science books for kids and is a contributor to dozens of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, Family Fun, National Geographic Kids, and Parents. Kate lives in Raleigh, NC.


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For More Information
bryan-stone.com

Bryan Stone

Bryan Stone is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who lives in West Fairlee, Vermont with his wife and daughter. Bryan is an alum of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has illustrated nearly 20 books for Nomad Press and done illustration work for clients such as Dartmouth College, Docomo USA, and many more. His comics work has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers.



More Details

Grade Level: 3–4
Ages: 7–10
GRL: O
Subjects: Biology, Life Science,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 96 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Library Media Connection
“This book is a great tool for elementary and middle school teachers. Each chapter discusses a life cycle, has Words to Know, and a sidebar called Did You Know? The chapters simply discuss ideas with vocabulary words set out in bold print. The chapters have fun recipes for snacks and suggestions for projects. The b&w illustrations are simple but support and enhance the text. This book was enjoyable to read, and I wanted to go find some children and try some of the experiments with them. Science teachers and anyone interested in science will find it a fun book to work with.”

Science Books and Films
“As its title suggests, this book explores life cycles in organisms ranging from fungi to humans. Its six chapters treat multiple topics, including the continuity of life across generations, scientific classification, birth in invertebrates, germination in plants, growth, metamorphosis, decay, and environmental disruption. Children ages 6-10, especially those with a science bent, will respond to this title’s kid-friendly layout. The book has the look and feel of a coloring book; it is meant to be marked up and personalized. Its many quirky factoids will appeal to young science buffs, and the rapidly paced shift from background information to hands-on activities combats the boredom factor. This book is good for parents when kids complain, ‘I don’t have anything to do.’”

Children’s Literature
“There’s no distance between Ms Reilly’s text and the kids she is addressing. She pulls them in with questions at the beginning of each chapter, questions that they can relate to: ‘Can you remember when you were younger? You were smaller, sure. And you probably couldn’t do many things that you can do now. Maybe you couldn’t ride a two-wheeler yet, or write a thank-you note card, or climb the monkey bars at the playground.’ She holds their attention by comparing the familiar to less familiar lives of plants and animals that the readers may not know about yet. Finally, she offers engaging activities that solidify the ideas presented. In addition to an overview of life cycles, her topics include: the systems of classification; how babies (including seedlings) enter the world; how all of these organisms grow to maturity; and threats to life cycles. Early science books don’t get too much better than this. This book will be welcomed by teachers as students study life cycles in their classroom as well as by parents who may have fun with the activities, including Insect Life Cycle Snack Mix, a Mealworm Nursery, and tree measuring, done from the ground. Illustrations provide humor, and fun facts are offered throughout the book.”

Learning Magazine Resources for Successful Teaching included Explore Life Cycles! in their back-to-school resource guide.
“An eye-catching combination of cartoons, facts, and projects helps children learn about the changes plants and animals experience throughout their lives. Activities in the book—such as growing topsy-turvy plants and making a mealworm nursery—bring the mysteries of life right into your classroom!”


Projects

project image

Underwater Viewer

A lot of life cycles happen under water, where you can’t see them. With this underwater viewer you’ll be able to get a peek at the action. Have an adult with you when you use this viewer near any body of water.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

Kathleen M. Reilly

Kathleen Reilly has written several books for Nomad Press, including Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself; The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works; Explore Weather and Climate! with 25 Projects; and Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. She is an award-winning author of several other science books for kids and is a contributor to dozens of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, Family Fun, National Geographic Kids, and Parents. Kate lives in Raleigh, NC.

author image
For More Information
bryan-stone.com

Bryan Stone

Bryan Stone is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who lives in West Fairlee, Vermont with his wife and daughter. Bryan is an alum of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has illustrated nearly 20 books for Nomad Press and done illustration work for clients such as Dartmouth College, Docomo USA, and many more. His comics work has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers.