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Circle of life

1 Hour
Book Program
Year Levels


A life cycle depicts the changes a living thing goes through during its life. In some cases, this process is slow and gradual but in others the process is quick. Mayflies have the shortest life cycle on Earth. Their life only lasts 24 hours, but some species only last a few hours.

Note: This is a stand-alone Outreach program and should not be booked in conjunction with the onsite program ‘Lifecycles’ as it covers some of the same content.

Key Learning Question

How do lifecycles differ between animals?

Learning Intentions

The students will:

  • Define the term life cycle
  • Learn the life cycle of a frog, insect and reptile.


The students will:

  • Observe the Spiny Leaf Insect, frog and lizard
  • Discuss the life cycles of the insect, frog and lizard
  • Sequence the life cycle of the insect, reptile and amphibian.

Learn Online

Ecolinc Learn Online is a virtual outreach learning management system (LMS) offering interactive online courses for students and teachers. These courses can be undertaken either as a pre-visit, post-visit or stand-alone.

Students are encouraged to do the post-learning course on Ecolinc Learn Online called Amazing life cycles: The kangaroo after doing the Outreach program

Victorian Curriculum

Science - Biological sciences

  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)
  • Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)