Life Story

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In this two-part activity, learners compare and contrast a variety of life cycles to better understand different organisms and how they develop. Learners arrange and label photos of their family members to explore the human life cycle. Then learners research plant and animal life cycles, develop an illustrated "life story" of an assigned species, and share their findings with the group. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 7 days

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Copies of student family photographs/ photos obtained from magazines Glue sticks
  • Access to resources about plant and animal life cycles
  • Paper/ Construction Paper
  • Pencil
  • Crayons or markers


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
    • Ecology
    • Heredity and Genetics

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums


  • All rights reserved, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore,