Lesson  Life Cycle of a Horse
Content Area SCIENCE  – Life Science
Unit How Living Things Grow and Change
Objective The students will be able to

  • describe how organisms change as they mature and grow.
  • explain that living and nonliving things have offspring that resemble their parents.

  1. Ask students, “Is a horse a mammal?” Spark conversation about how a horse has fur and a backbone and that they are warm blooded.
  2. Ask students to touch the back of their necks. Ask if they think it feels warm or cold.  If you were to touch a horse, do you think that it would feel warm or cold?
  3. Tell children that today they are going to learn about the life cycle of a horse. Briefly review the life cycle of a sea turtle and a dragonfly.
  4. Show students the image above of the life cycle of a horse. Discuss the following: 1. a young horse grows inside its mother. 2. After is is born, it drinks milk from its mother. 3. An adult horse can have foals of its own.
  5. Extra information: A foal is weaned at 6 months. Male foals are called colts. Female foals are called fillies. A horse is mature (full grown) after three years. It is considered an adult at five years.
  6. Now, travel through the cycle with the students. 1. A young horse is called a foal. –> A goal grows and grows. It looks like its parents. –> The foal has become an adult horse. The adult horse is old enough to have foal of its own. –> The cycle begins again.
  7. Show this ArkIve link of a horse (46 seconds). When on this link, there are 6 more short clips that you can choose or not choose to show and discuss.
  8. Formative assessment (see below)


  • Smart Borad / Internet
  • Index cards
Formative Assessment Exit slip:

  1. What is a foal?
  2. What does a baby horse look like?
  3. Think of a life cycle of a horse. What can happen happen after it becomes an adult?

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