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Insect Adaptations Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explain the amazing world of insect adaptations. After watching the video lesson, students will do activities to take their learning to a higher level, then take a quiz to check understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'adaptation'
  • list and explain adaptations of insects
  • identify insect adaptations


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.


  • Copies of the lesson Insect Adaptation, one for each student
  • Images of insects
  • Chart paper
  • Glue
  • Colored pencils
  • Paper

Key Vocabulary

  • Exoskeleton
  • Metamorphosis

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Connect students to the topic by asking them to think about where they are. What is the environment like? Is it cold? Hot? Have them briefly write about the physical environment.
  • Now ask them to consider how they've adapted to the environment. Are they wearing sweaters? Hats? Do some students wear glasses? Instruct students to write their adaptations as well.
  • Break students into small groups to share and discuss their answers. Ask:
    • Why do we wear sweaters when it's cold and shorts when it's hot?
    • How do glasses, gloves, etc. help us survive in our environment?
  • Discuss the idea of species adapting over time to an environment and ask students to think about how humans have adapted over time.

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