Entomology Lesson Plan

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

Insects can be useful as well as a pain to have around. Your students will learn about scientists that study insects as they read and discuss a text lesson, create entomologist profiles and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this lesson students will be able to:

  • define entomologist
  • identify different branches under entomology
  • explain the focus of different branches of entomology


  • 1 hour to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • HS-LS2-6. Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
  • HS-LS2-8. Evaluate evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species' chances to survive and reproduce.


  • Copies of the Entomology: Definition & Types text lesson
  • Copies of the lesson quiz
  • Large pictures/print outs of three different types of entomologists (med-vet, agricultural, and urban) or images that closely resemble these types of entomologists in their different surroundings
  • Index cards with the name of a different type of entomologist on each card
  • Small poster paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Magazine cut-outs of various components of each type of entomologist's work based on the lesson, i.e. cows, flies, pigs, crops, apples, butterflies, cockroaches, etc.
  • Glue, scissors


  • Begin by asking students about various careers they are interested in, and see if anyone is interested in studying bugs.
  • Introduce scientists that choose to study bugs as entomologists.
  • Pass the lesson Entomology: Definition & Types out to your students.
  • Read the lesson together as a class through the end of the 'Types of Entomologists' section, then show:
    • A picture of a med-vet entomologist on the board, and ask students if they can identify the type of entomologist pictured.
    • A picture of an agricultural entomologist, and see if they can identify this one.
    • A picture of an urban entomologist to see if they know this type as well.
  • Label each picture on the board with the appropriate name.
  • Continue the reading through the end of the 'Who Hires Entomologists?' section, then ask and discuss the following:
    • Which government agencies hire entomologists?
    • What can an entomologist do if they are working at a university?
    • How might being an entomologist be helpful in farming?
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' to your students and answer any questions.

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