What does it mean to be a part of a family? You may use these resources to help students develop their ideas.
- Listen to a read aloud
- Sort life-cycle images in chronological order
- And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
- Envelopes, one per student
- Pencils, one per student
Make copies of the page toward the end of the book that features a series of eggs. The text at the bottom reads, "Suddenly a tiny hole appeared in the egg's shell. And then..." You will need one copy per student.
Step 1: Read aloud And Tango Makes Three. Talk to students about the family in the story.
Step 2: Return to the pages toward the end of the book that show the egg hatching. Walk students through the illustrations.
Step 3: Distribute an envelope to each student and have them write their names on the envelopes. Remind students NOT to lick the envelopes shut, as they will need them later.
Step 4: Distribute the photocopied egg illustrations. Instruct students to cut the illustrations apart so each egg image is separate. As they cut out the eggs, they should put their name or initials on the back of each egg.
Step 5: When students have finished cutting out the eggs, give them time to arrange them in chronological order.
Step 6: Students can use the envelopes to bring their puzzles home safely.
Supporting All Learners
Younger children may find it difficult to sort all of the eggs. You might choose to distribute 3 or 4 for them to arrange in chronological order.
Have students write descriptions of what is happening on the backs of the egg images.
Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework
Students will recognize that plants and animals go through predictable life cycles that include birth, growth, development, reproduction, and death.