3rd Grade Science : Diverse Life Cycles of Organisms

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Example Question #1 : Diverse Life Cycles Of Organisms

What is a life cycle? Example: During the life cycle of the caterpillar it turns into a butterfly.

Possible Answers:

A type of bicycle that has three wheels instead of two

The circle that animals travel in when they migrate

An organisms path to find food and shelter in life

The series of changes in the life of an organism

Correct answer:

The series of changes in the life of an organism

Explanation:

The life cycle of plant or animal (humans included) is the series of changes that the organism undergoes in its life. It starts at reproduction and moves through the different stages of life until it ends and begins over with the offspring. Different animals have different life cycles, and they are not all the same.

Example Question #2 : Diverse Life Cycles Of Organisms

Which photograph models an organism in a phase change of their life cycle?

Possible Answers:

Caterpillar, Larvae

Butterfly Life Cycle, Nature, Insect

Ladybug, Beetle, Coccinellidae, Insect

Grasshopper, Bug, Cricket, Insect

Correct answer:

Butterfly Life Cycle, Nature, Insect

Explanation:

Models of organisms' life cycles can be made in numerous ways, and one is through a photograph. The image showing a butterfly emerging from its cocoon is an example of an organism in a phase change of their life cycle. The insect is transitioning and moving into the next stage of life. The other images show an insect in a single step of their life cycle.

Example Question #3 : Diverse Life Cycles Of Organisms

Karissa has to make a model of a moth's life. What would be the best title for her project?

Possible Answers:

"Where to Find Moths"

"One Day in the Moth's Life"

"The Life Cycle of a Moth"

"How to Draw a Moth"

Correct answer:

"The Life Cycle of a Moth"

Explanation:

The best choice for a title would be "The Life Cycle of a Moth" because it encapsulates what the project is about and uses the scientific term for the life stages of an organism. Karissa has to make a model of the moth's life, so it needs to include all parts from life to death. The other options are only for a short period of the moth's life or do not include the necessary information.

Example Question #11 : Life Science

Javier has to create a life-size model of an organism during its life. He has selected the oak tree. Which two stages of life would be most reasonable to develop a model for?

Possible Answers:

Sprout or mature tree

Mature tree or sapling

Seed or sprout

Sapling or seed

Correct answer:

Seed or sprout

Explanation:

The most reasonable stages of life to create a life-sized model would need to be smaller in size and realistic to develop. A seed or sprout are both early stages of the tree's life cycle so that they would be much more manageable than a mature tree or sapling. A mature tree can reach up to 100 feet tall, and a sapling ranges in height from ten feet or more!

Example Question #1 : Develop Models Of Organisms' Life Cycles

Robin and Mark are creating a model of an organism's life cycle. They choose the lima bean as their project focus. The project is due in five days. Robin says they should draw each stage of the plant's growth as their model. Mark thinks they should grow the plant and take pictures of each step to turn in.

Whose model (if any) is more realistic in their short time frame, and why?

Possible Answers:

Robin; She is correct because her model is most reasonable to complete in five days. Researching and drawing the different stages of the life cycle is realistic.

Neither; Both of their ideas for a model are terrible, and they should not grow the plants for photos or use drawings.

Mark; He is correct because his model is the most reasonable to complete in five days. He and Robin could make the lima beans grow quickly so they can take photos for their teacher.

There is not enough information to tell who has the best plan for a model. More details would need to be given to make a selection.

Correct answer:

Robin; She is correct because her model is most reasonable to complete in five days. Researching and drawing the different stages of the life cycle is realistic.

Explanation:

In a five-day time frame there is no way that the lima beans will go through the entirety of their life cycle. It is much more realistic and reasonable to go with Robin's plan and use a sketch or drawing for the model. Robin and Mark could look up the stages of a lima bean plant's development and then draw detailed pictures of the process.

Example Question #6 : Diverse Life Cycles Of Organisms

All organisms follow a life cycle, even humans. In the model below, what is the missing piece of the cycle?

Newborn  Infant  Child  ___________  Adult  Elderly

Possible Answers:

Toddler

Baby

Teenager

Senior Citizen

Correct answer:

Teenager

Explanation:

The missing stage of this life cycle model is "Teenager." All organisms move through life on a similar path from birth to death. In the cycle presented, this person has not completed their teenage years, which comes before being an adult. Different organisms have their specific periods, so it may look different when comparing an insect and a plant.

 

Example Question #7 : Diverse Life Cycles Of Organisms

Samantha and Gordon are creating a model of an organism's life cycle. They choose the butterfly as their project focus. The project is due in one month. Samantha says they should create sculptures and paint pictures of butterflies as their model. Gordon thinks they should watch a butterfly transform from an egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, and finally to butterfly and take photos along the way.

Whose model (if any) is more realistic and why?

Possible Answers:

Gordon; He is correct because his model is most reasonable to complete in a month and would show the complete life cycle.

Samantha; She is correct because her model is artistic, reasonable and would be the most attractive.

 

There is not enough information to tell who has the best plan for a model. More details would need to be given to make a selection.

Neither; Both of their ideas for a model are terrible. Sculptures, pictures, and photographs are not models.

Correct answer:

Gordon; He is correct because his model is most reasonable to complete in a month and would show the complete life cycle.

Explanation:

In this scenario, Gordon's model is the most realistic and would be the best choice for the project. A month is enough time to watch the butterfly move through its life cycle, and taking detailed photographs would show others what they witnessed. The photos could be put in a ring or a timeline to show the progression over time.

Example Question #1 : Develop Models Of Organisms' Life Cycles

Gage has to create a life-size model of an organism during its life. He has selected the grasshopper. Which stage(s) of life would be most realistic to use for his model?

Possible Answers:

Nymph

All answer choices are correct.

Adult

Egg

Correct answer:

All answer choices are correct.

Explanation:

Gage can make a life-size model of any of the grasshopper's stages of life. The grasshopper starts as an egg, then a nymph, and finally an adult. Each is a reasonable size and can be recreated. A grasshopper's egg can be tiny, but it is possible to make a model.

Example Question #9 : Diverse Life Cycles Of Organisms

Carol has to make a model of a palm tree's life. What would be the worst title for her project?

Possible Answers:

"The Life Cycle of a Palm Tree"

"From Seed to Tree; The Story of a Palm Tree"

"How the Palm Tree Grows"

"A Day in the Life of a Palm Tree"

Correct answer:

"A Day in the Life of a Palm Tree"

Explanation:

The worst choice for a title would be "A Day in the Life of a Palm Tree" because it is only is focused on one day of the tree's life rather than the entirety. The other names encapsulate what the project is about and focus on the lifespan on the tree. Carol has to make a model of the palm tree's life, so the title needs to include all parts from life to death.

Example Question #10 : Diverse Life Cycles Of Organisms

Which photograph models an organism that is in the middle of a change during their life cycle?

Possible Answers:

Bloom, Blossom, Butterfly, Close-Up

Frog, Green, Animal, Cute, Fun

Tadpole, Frog, Amphibious, Tadpole

Caterpillar, Insect, Monarch, Macro

Correct answer:

Tadpole, Frog, Amphibious, Tadpole

Explanation:

Models of organisms' life cycles can be made in numerous ways, and one is through a photograph. The image showing a tadpole as it develops legs and is losing its tail. As it matures, it will become a froglet and finally an adult frog. Frogs move through multiple stages before reaching their final adult form.

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