Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Dragonfly Spring Freebie

I am so ready for spring, but as I look out the window there is SNOW whipping past my front porch!  Oh well, I'm getting into the spring mood by posting this dragonfly metamorphosis freebie.  This free printable is based on the wonderful picture book, Eliza and the Dragonfly.  In this fictional story Eliza finds a dragonfly and then travels to a local pond with her Aunt Doris to learn all about the dragonfly life cycle.  The watercolor pictures are gorgeous and the plot is engaging and believable.  It makes for a great read aloud that is packed with excellent science information.

The free printable activity includes a pre and post reading chart, a diagram for students to color and label, as well as some comprehension questions.  For those of you who use Promethean Boards, I also included a simple flipchart in the downloadable file for you to use as a visual with your students.
The freebie includes a possible lesson sequence as well as a teacher answer key.
This can be used as part of any ecology-themed unit, but I'm also thinking that this might be a nice addition to a butterfly unit because it will allow students to compare and contrast complete vs. incomplete metamorphosis.  

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