Life Cycles: How Plants and Animals Change

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Life Cycles: How Plants and Animals Change

An Easy-to-Use Science
Play for Elementary School

Grades 1-4
20 minutes
$39.95
(2 or more Book/CD sets @ $30 each)

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Includes script, teacher's guide, and audio CD. The CD has all the songs recorded twice: first with singing, so you and your students can learn the songs, and then without voices so your students can perform without us singing along.

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This 20-minute musical play can be done as a complete play, skits, reader's theater, or you can just sing songs. No music or drama experience needed!

Naturally a play about life cycles will include singing tadpoles and dancing mice. But as your students learn about metamorphosis, the food chain, shared characteristics, the plant cycle, nourishment (water, food, light), and adaptation to the environment in this fun show, they'll also meet butterflies who don't want to grow up, snakes who want to pollinate flowers, and even some slimy biologists! Catchy tunes and clever lyrics reinforce the curriculum.

Life Cycles: How Plants and Animals Change is a great complement to your curriculum resources in elementary school science. And, like all of our plays, this show can be used to improve reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension, performance and music skills, class camaraderie and teamwork, and numerous social skills (read about it!) -- all while enabling students to be part of a truly fun and creative experience they will never forget!

Author: Ron Fink (Composer) and John Heath (Book and Lyrics)
ISBN: 978-1-886588-36-3
© 2006 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

"I have been directing plays and coaching students' speeches for 19 years now. About 2 and a half years ago I 'found' your company and have never looked anywhere else since. My students and I adore all of your plays! My students have performed in too many of them to count. Just last month, I directed my second graders in the Noun and Verb Mini and last week my first graders performed your Life Cycles play. Both shows were a tremendous success. The parents said that the Life Cycles play was the best we ever did! Although it was spectacular, I have to admit that they have all turned out wonderful. My only fear is that we are running out of your shows to produce! Your company has been a gem for me. I love the writing and adore the catchy songs. My fifth graders have performed in both of your Character Matters plays with rave reviews. Honestly, every one of your shows has been a hit. Thank you for doing your job so well and making mine a lot easier. Please keep those plays coming!"

---Deni Cavrell, Drama Teacher, Portledge School, Locust Valley, NY

"Life Cycles was perfect for my entire life science unit. It has fun, memorable songs that are extremely educational. The kids were randomly breaking out in song all year, especially 'Metamorphosis.' Some if the dialogue was a little difficult for my English learners, but they really enjoyed trying the long words. They struggled a little during it to get the expression right, but after the Musical, I found that they really tried to pay attention to punctuation, italics, and other cues to read with expression."

---Krista VanderLugt, Teacher (1st grade), The American International School of Vilnius, Lithuania

"I really liked it. Every student was able to shine for their own song. It was academic so we were able to combine the play with what were learning in science. Many teachers in our audience commented on the great dialogue. Kids loved the butterflies as they metamorphosized. We had simple, simple costumes. The animals vs. plants song was a huge hit! I can't stop singing 'Predator or Prey.' It really reinforced what we had been learning."

---Judy Burgenbauch, Teacher (2nd grade) Mammoth Elementary, Mammoth Lakes, CA

"Just performed in our school garden by our third graders this week. Great songs--- lyrics teach/reinforce concepts and -MU-PRI" is fun. They loved it!"

---Beth Riggs, Teacher (3rd grade) Orchard School, Rio Linda, CA

"Excellent. Kids loved it!"

---Elizabeth Moyer, Teacher (2nd grade) Stone Ranch School, San Diego, CA

"We had a great time putting on the show (this is my 5th show in two years with second grade!). The songs are a little more difficult in the play, but all all your plays, once you learn them then you can't get them out of your head for weeks."

---Meredith Fisher, Teacher (2nd grade) Evergreen Charter School, Asheville, NC

"We loved it; the tips included were useful. Thanks for making to so easy, fun and successful for the students and me! This play went hand in hand with our science standards. Thanks for making learning fun."

---Nancy Murray, Teacher (2nd grade) Sandpiper School, Redwood Shores, CA

"A great ensemble show. You can have all students engaged most of the time by giving each student more than one part. Great songs and music."

---Sharon Silverglate, Teacher (3rd grade), Mar Vista Elementary, Aptos, CA

Casting

Flexible casting from 8-40 students.
Use as many fish, rabbits, butterflies, etc as you wish.
All parts can easily be played by either girls or boys.

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

CHARACTERS:

Hosts
Butterflies
Fish
Rabbits
Tadpoles
Plants
Snakes
Biologists
Gardeners
Forest Plants and Animals
Zoo Keepers
and a CHORUS comprised of all students who are not playing roles on stage
at the time.

(CLASS enters and faces audience)

Song 1 - Listen now!

CLASS:
Here's our show about some life cycles
How plants and critters grow
Here's our show about some life cycles
We'll tell you what we know.

We've been learning such a lot lately
Our brains are gonna sprout
Here's our show about some life cycles
It's gonna knock you out.

We are talking 'bout the stages
As an organism ages
And the changes it goes through
It's a basic introduction
From the birth to reproduction
And we're singing it for you.

Here's our show about some life cycles
How plants and critters grow
Here's our show about some life cycles
We'll tell you what we know.
Woh-oh.

HOST #1: Good afternoon [morning/evening]. Welcome to "Know Your Life Cycles."

HOST #2: Let's get started up close and personal with a look at the life cycle of a
monarch butterfly.

HOST #3: We're here on milkwood leaf with some recently laid butterfly eggs.

HOST #1 (to BUTTERFLIES): Tell us---how's the cycle going?

Song 2 - Listen now!

BUTTERFLIES:
I don't wanna grow up
I like it here in my egg
Don't have to brush my teeth
Don't have to clean my leaf.

I don't wanna grow up
I guess I don't have a choice
Bustin' out from our eggs
Look ma we all got legs!

Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis
Don't know why or how
Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis
We're caterpillars now.

I don't wanna grow up
I like it here on my leaf
Munching on this milkwood
Us teenagers have it good.

I don't wanna grow up
I guess I don't have a choice
Spinning all afternoon
Trapped here in this cocoon.

BUTTERFLIES and CHORUS:
Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis
Don't know why or how
Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis
The chrysalis stage now.

BUTTERFLIES:
Guess it's time to grow up
I wanna spread my new wings
Time now to blow this town
Tired of hanging around.

Glad I finally grew up
Hey look at me I'm a beaut
Look ma I got a tongue
Nectar yeah here I come!

BUTTERFLIES and CHORUS:
Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis
Don't know why or how
Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis
We're butterflying now.
We're butterflying now.

(BUTTERFLIES exit. FISH, TADPOLES, RABBITS, and PLANTS enter, glancing
cautiously all around.)

HOST #2: Wasn't that fascinating?

HOST #3: We're here now with some plants and animals.
(to ANIMALS and PLANTS)
Excuse me---you're looking a little nervous. Is everything all right?

FISH: It's the food chain.

RABBITS (scream in terror): The FOOD CHAIN! Run for your lives!!
(RABBITS start racing around crazily)

TADPOLE (after a few seconds): Stop that!
(RABBITS stop)
We're just TALKING about the food chain.

RABBITS: Oh. Sorry.

PLANT: We're all a bit on edge. It's this predator and prey thing---eat or be eaten.

FISH: It makes it very hard to relax and enjoy a good book.

Song 3 - Listen now!

FISH, TADPOLES, RABBITS, PLANTS:
Predator or prey?
Which is it today?
It's a nervous game we play
Predator, predator or prey?

FISH:
I'm a fish and I have found a rule that must be followed
To swallow other fish is much more fun than being swallowed.

TADPOLES:
I'm a little tadpole and I rarely am the winner
I try to dine but soon I find I'm someone else's dinner.

FISH, TADPOLES, RABBITS, PLANTS:
Predator or prey?
Which is it today?
It's a nervous game we play
Predator, predator or prey?

RABBITS:
We are rabbits and it seems the world is out to get us
We're terrified by everything---look out, here comes some lettuce!

PLANTS:
We are plants and have you noticed how the food chain treats us?
Here at the bottom of the food chain---everybody eats us!

FISH, TADPOLES, RABBITS, PLANTS, and CHORUS:
Predator or prey?
Which is it today?
It's a nervous game we play
Predator, predator or prey?
Predator, predator or prey?

(FISH, TADPOLES, RABBITS, and PLANTS exit. BIOLOGISTS enter.)

HOST #1:
We're lucky to have with us on the show some famous biologists.

HOST #2: They'll help explain some of the mysteries of the life cycle. So tell us...

(HOST is interrupted by SNAKES rushing onto the stage)

SNAKE #1: Look out, snakes coming through.

SNAKE #2: Pardon us, pardon us. We're migrating.

BIOLOGIST #1 and #2: Snakes! I HATE snakes!
(SNAKES stop)

HOST #3: I thought biologists liked animals.

BIOLOGIST #1: We do. But snakes. Yech!

SNAKE #1: We get that all the time.

SNAKE #2: We feel the same way about biologists.
(SNAKES start to exit)

SNAKE #1: Yeah. They just sort of sneak up on you.

SNAKE #2: And they're so slimy to touch.
(SNAKES exit)

BIOLOGIST #2 (shouting after SNAKES): Oh yeah? Well snakes don't migrate!

SNAKES (from off stage): Just watch us, big shot!

HOST #1 (to BIOLOGISTS): So, tell our audience: how can you tell what kind of
offspring a plant or animal will have?

BIOLOGIST #1: That's an easy one.

BIOLOGIST #2: You're talking about shared characteristics.

Song 4 - Listen now!

BIOLOGISTS:
A cat will have kittens
A mouse will have mice
A fish will have fishes
A louse will have lice.

An eagle has eaglets
A dog will have dogs
They're puppies not guppies or wet pollywogs.

Offspring resemble their parents
Animals flowers and fruit
Offspring resemble their parents
Thank goodness all parents are cute
Thank goodness all parents are cute.

The seeds from your apples
Become apple trees
And daisies make daisies
And peas produce peas.

An oak was an acorn
In its early days
A carrot inherits its carrot-like ways.

BIOLOGISTS and CHORUS:
Offspring resemble their parents
Animals flowers and fruit
Offspring resemble their parents
Thank goodness all parents are cute
Thank goodness all parents are cute.

(This concludes the first one-third of the script.)

Sample Songs

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Full Song List

1. "Lifecycles"
2. "Metamorphosis"
3. "Predator or Prey?"
4. "Offspring"
5. "You Put the Seed in the Ground"
6. "Water and Food"
7. "Creatures Have Features"
8. "We Gotta Adapt!"
9. "Lifecycles" (reprise)

Common Core and Other National Standards

Science

Language Arts

  • Common Core Reading Standards for Literature: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Reading Standards: Foundational Skills:
    • K and 1st: Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition
    • 2nd: Phonics and Word Recognition
    • 3rd, 4th, 5th: Phonics and Word Recognition, Fluency
  • Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards: Comprehension and Collaboration - K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Language Standards: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use - K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Standard 10: Range, Quality & Complexity: Range of Text Types for K-5th

Fine Arts

  • National Music Standards 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th
  • National Theater Standards 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th
  • National Dance Standards 1 and 2 for K-4th

Vocabulary

stages
chrysalis
tadpoles
stamen
blossom
hibernation
ice-age
toxin
organism
nectar
migration
pollywogs
adaptation
pollution
environmental niche
soil
acclimation
gills
reproduction
predator
offspring
kumquat
seedling
photosynthesis
global warming
extinction
cocoon
prey
guppies
pollination
leafage

General Vocabulary Building (words and phrases)

warble
knock you out
on edge
in your dreams
wraps up
paranoid
blow this town
big shot
common ground
a dud
motto
beaut
The Man
got flair