Life Cycles of Frogs, Dragonflies, and Butterflies

This lesson contains directions for letting students compare and contrast the life cycles of frogs, dragonflies, and butterflies.  Literature and videos are used in the lesson. Students  observe and explain similarities and differences in the life cycles of frogs, dragonflies, and butterflies . Eric Carle's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is used to begin the lesson.  Videos are used  to study the life cycle stages of frogs, dragonflies, and butterflies. Students compare these three organisms life cycles.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0207.4.1
Compare the life cycles of various organisms.
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Lesson Variations

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Helpful Hints


  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (or another picture book that highlights life cycles)
  • Life Stages Cards PDF Document
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Colored paper