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A WebQuest for Second Grade

Created by: Kelli Barnett, ETSU University School


Welcome to the exploring life cycles webquest!  We will be learning about the life cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly by observing it first hand in our classroom.  Unfortunately we cannot learn about the life cycle of every animal by bringing them into our classroom.  For this reason your mission is to explore the life cycle of a plant, insect, or animal.  Enjoy your quest!


We have just discovered that a new park is being built in Johnson City.  The city would like the park to be a place where birds, frogs, ladybugs, dragonflies, apple trees, and sunflowers will thrive.  Your task is to research the life cycle of one of these and report to the Johnson City Parks and Recreation all about the life cycle and what the needs are at the new park.  All of these living things are depending on you to help the city create the best possible environment!


Click on the link of the living thing your group has been assigned for your instructions.



Congratulations for the hard work you have put into gathering the information needed to help make the new park a great habitat for living things!  You may now go back and look at the information about the other living things in our park. 

Learning Standards:

Interactions Between Living Things and Their Environment

The student will investigate how living things interact with one another and with nonliving elements of their environment.

  • Categorize objects as living or nonliving.
  • Determine how animals interact with the living and nonliving elements in their environment through the senses.
  • Determine how organisms interact with the nonliving elements of their environment.
  • Recognize different types of pollutants.
  • Food Production and Energy for Life

The student will study the basic parts of plants, investigate how plants produce food, and discover that plants and animals use food to sustain life.

  • Compare how plants and animals satisfy their basic requirements for life.
  • Heredity and Reproduction

The student will understand the basic principles of inheritance.

  • Recognize that all living things come from other living things.
  • Match offspring with their parents.
  • Recognize that as an organism grows, its appearance may change.
  • Diversity and Adaptation Among Living Things

The student will understand that living things have characteristics that enable them to survive in their environment.

  • Provide specific examples of differences among animals of the same kind.
  • Classify an organism according to the environment in which it can best survive.


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