Week Twenty-Eight Science Lessons: Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis

Grade 5 Science

Week Twenty-eight Lessons

This week we will continue the Organisms Unit. We are going to look at life cycles and compare complete and incomplete metamorphosis. Links to actual materials and lessons are provided throughout this post. I hope you can find something to help make planning this year a little, or a lot, easier!

Free Science Lessons: Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis

TEKS/ Standards:

(C) describe the differences between complete and incomplete metamorphosis of insects. Supporting Standard

“I can” Statements:

I can describe the differences between complete and incomplete metamorphosis of insects.

Essential Questions:

Monday – How do the members of your family change as they get older?

Tuesday – How do life cycles differ in different species?

Wednesday – What is the difference between complete and incomplete metamorphosis?

Thursday – What type of animals go through incomplete metamorphosis?  How are they different from the animals that go through complete metamorphosis?

Friday – How does the human life cycle differ from complete and incomplete metamorphosis?

Word Wall Words:

Complete Metamorphosis

Incomplete Metamorphosis

Lesson Ideas and Materials:


Science Wall Complete each day with your choice of word wall words.

Organisms and Environments Interactive Science Notebook

Science and Literacy Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis

Organisms and Environments Anchor Charts

Life Science Vocabulary

STAAR Science Review Stations

Lesson Ideas:

Complete Metamorphosis

Complete Metamorphosis

incomplete cycle

Incomplete Metamorphosis

(M) Students will complete the Life Cycle Sort. Today is a good day to place eggs in your sea monkey tank for observations throughout the week. (You can also bring in other baby animals such as tadpoles, waterdogs/ salamanders, butterflies, grasshoppers, or mealworms/ beetles. Any chance you can give the students to view metamorphosis happening in the classroom will make a big impact. Sea monkeys usually hatch and grow in a week, so they are the quick option. Water dogs are my favorite, though.) Complete the first 2 columns of a Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in Science and Literacy Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis

(T) Students will read an informational text about Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis and complete a graphic organizer to process the information. Complete the third column of the Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis

(W)–Students will complete a summary writing with key terms from today’s reading. Science and Literacy Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis. Students will complete the life cycle diagrams and life cycle cards activities in their notebooks –Organisms and Environments Interactive Science Notebook.

(Th) Students will complete the A Metamorphosis Story writing activity and observe the sea monkeys or other animal life cycles. If you would rather, you can show video clips and photographs of different insects and animals in their life cycles. Complete the Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis Anchor Chart as a class. –  Organisms and Environments Anchor Charts

The students can fill in their printable poster, and you can make one on chart paper to hang up around the room.

(F) Continue the STAAR Science Review Stations this week. Complete one or two rotations of stations this Friday. Only 4 weeks before the STAAR Science!


STAAR review stations

Lesson Notes:

Science Wall  and Science Starters to start each day. During Extra class time, complete the Life Science Vocabulary pages that accompany this week’s learning. Extra activities for the Organisms unit can be found in the Plants Structures and Functions Science and Literacy Lesson Set.

Additional resources:

The following links to the pretty PDF of this lesson plan.

5th Science Lesson Plans

Need materials for younger grades?

The materials in this lesson are intended for 5th graders in Texas, but are taught in a way that they could be easily modified for younger and older grades.

Here is what I have for Earth and Space so far.

Kindergarten Interactive Science Notebook with Word Wall Cards

2nd Grade Organisms and Environments Interactive Notebook

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