Image: A Frog’s Lifecycle by MTSOfan on Flickr

Life cycles are the changes that living organisms undergo from birth to maturity. The links below help students understand the lifecycles of insects, birds and animals and how distinctly different they are. SCIS 1698489

See also: Insects and minibeasts


This site provides access to lifecycle items from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives and private institutions. To discover items use the search term lifecycle.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Drawings of Insect Lifecycles

Explains clearly, with annotated drawings, the life cycles of butterfly, mosquito, housefly, aphid, honeybee and locust.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Learn the Life Cycles of Animals Through Games

This site uses games to teach primary students the concept of life cycles through simple animated videos.

Suggested level: primary

Life cycles of insects

A source of reliable information about New Zealand animal and plant life, and covers a range of lifecycles.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Life Cycles of Animals

This education website has links to various aspects and kinds of life cycles of animals and plants.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


To discover information on the home work site ManyAnswers use the search term life cycles.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Monarch butterfly life cycle

The Science Learning Hub is funded by the New Zealand government to provide a range of information. The site has useful information on the life cycle of a butterfly and other life cycles.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


Encyclopaedia Britannica Online offers comprehensive information on various aspects of insects at junior and more advanced levels. Science in Context provides information on lifecycles at the middle and secondary level. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

The song of Kauri, by Melinda Szymanik, 2014 (picture book)
Houdini the amazing caterpillar, by Janet Pedersen, 2008 (picture book)
Mayfly day, by Jeanne Willis, 2006 (picture book)
Tadpoles promise, by Jeanne Willis, 2005 (picture book)


A range of videos from BBC Bitesize on lifecycles of animals, plants and humans.

24-Hour Lifecycle. Natgeotv. 2.41

The Life Cycle of a Pumpkin. Teacher Tube. 2.55