To go with our study of birds, and chickens in particular, I set up a Chicken Life Cycle project. I like to do life cycle work on paper plates........the circular layout reinforces the cyclical nature of a life cycle better than a left to right sequence of pictures. To make this activity I began with a worksheet that I copied from the back of THIS Chicken Life Cycle poster.
I adapted the life cycle shown below to create this activity. In its existing format it would not be appropriate for young children. I am pretty particular about the paper activities I put out in the classroom and usually find that I need to modify existing worksheets to be suitable for little ones.
I copied, cut and pasted the pictures from the life cycle to create the grid of pictures shown below. I wanted my students to practice cutting and pasting when doing this work. It helps them a lot if they have visible lines to cut on. After copying and cutting the pictures I glued them to a blank paper and drew lines with a Sharpie marker to make my master copy.
I also printed "Life Cycle of a Chicken" labels on the computer and adhered them to the middle of the paper plates as shown below.
Below you can see how I set up the activity. To do this work, the children take a page of pictures and a paper plate (the plates shown in the photo didn't have the "life cycle" labels attached). First, they color the pictures using the colored pencils on the little tray. Second, they cut the pictures out on the lines. Third, they lay the pictures out onto the plate in the correct order and have a teacher check their work. Finally, after the teacher checks their work they glue the pictures onto the plate to complete the life cycle.
Below is a sample life cycle made by my oldest son. I attached this to the shelf for the children to refer to when doing their work.