bugs life
A Bug's Life (1998)
Concept featured in clip:Life cycles
Location of clip: 1:25:23 - 1:28:03 (DVD)


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Summary of clip: There is a scene near the end where Heimlich changes from a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: This flickclip would be a great attention grabber when beginning a unit about life cycles, especially referring to insects or other organisms that go through some sort of metamorphosis.
Suggestions to teachers:

1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. How is changing from a caterpillar to a butterfly part of the life cycle of the organism?

b. What are some other organisms that go through metamorphosis?

c. What could be some advantages of going through metamorphosis?

d. Are any stages of a human life cycle analogous to the metamorphosis of a caterpillar/butterfly? In what way?

2. This flickclip could then instigate breaking the students into teams to experience discovery stations. These stations could detail different life stages of various organisms affording students with the opportunity to compare and contrast various different life cycles.

3. Teams of students could also research a particular organism and present that life cycle to the rest of the class. They could include diagrams or models of the different phases.

4. This flickclip could also take place after a unit on life cycles. Students could watch the scene and then comment about the life cycle of the caterpillar, why it changed and what the reasons behind the change were. They might also discuss possible factors that would affect various stages of the life cycle, e.g. drought, predators, lack of food, diseases, pollutants