So this week we started our unit on life cycles. I wanted to introduce the concept of "life cycles" by making it more personal and fun for the kids. So.... I had the kids make a flow map of their own life cycle. I first showed the kids pictures of myself as a baby, child, teenager, and adult. They couldn't believe how much I've changed...and what kid doesn't like seeing pictures of their teacher?! This got them really interested in this activity.
I then modeled how to do the project using my own life as an example.
What the kids really loved about this activity was that they could look into their own futures. The kids liked thinking of themselves as teenagers and adults. Some put themselves at age 16 driving cars and a lot of them added what they would like to be when they grow up in their "adult" stage of their life. It's really cute to see what their dreams are for themselves.
The kids really grasped the concept of a "life cycle" with this introduction activity.
If you do this activity, I hope your kids enjoy it as much as mine did.
PS: If you click on the picture it will make it super sized so you can really see what this first grader wrote!