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A Life Story Written on a Leaf


This six minute video shows the life cycle of a ladybug and a leaf miner insect.




  • What does “metamorphose” mean? (Change from one body form to another)
  • Name the 4 stages of a typical insect lifecycle. (Egg, larva, pupa, adult)
  • What are some examples of a pupa? (cocoon for moths and chrysalis for butterflies)
  • Besides insects, what are some other examples of animals that change their body types completely? (frogs, many crustaceans, mollusks, etc.)
  • What becomes of the adult leaf miner insect after it leaves the inside of the leaf? (Flies away on its wings, finds a mate, deposits eggs, and dies)


Science and Engineering Practices Developing and Using Models

Modeling in 3-5 builds on K-2 models and progresses to building and revising simple models and using models to represent events and design solutions. Develop a model to describe phenomena.

Disciplinary Core Ideas LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms

Reproduction is essential to the continued existence of every kind of organism. Plants and animals have unique and diverse life cycles.

3-LS1-1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Students who demonstrate understanding can: Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common girth, growth, reproduction, and death.

Crosscutting Concepts Systems and System Models

Patterns of change can be used to make predictions.

Printable Materials

Life Story Written on a Leaf (PDF) Lesson Plan