June Bug Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

As your students learn about the life cycle of various living things, this lesson plan can support their understanding of June bugs. Teachers are provided with activities that teach elementary students about the June bug's stages of life and how it interacts with its environment at each stage.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson students will be able to:

  • compare and contrast the instars of June bugs
  • describe interactions between June bugs and the environment


This lesson will take approximately 30-60 minutes.

Curriculum Standards

LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms

• Adult plants and animals can have young. In many kinds of animals, parents and the offspring themselves engage in behaviors that help the offspring to survive. (1-LS1-2)

LS1.D: Information Processing

• Animals have body parts that capture and convey different kinds of information needed for growth and survival. Animals respond to these inputs with behaviors that help them survive. Plants also respond to some external inputs. (1-LS1-1)

LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits

• Young animals are very much, but not exactly like, their parents. Plants also are very much, but not exactly, like their parents. (1-LS3-1)

Materials Needed

  • chart paper
  • paper plates (2 per student)
  • brad fasteners
  • scissors
  • markers/crayons
  • index cards with a picture of one of the following attached: farmer, plant, waved light fly, bird, raccoon, turkey, fish


  • beetle
  • egg
  • larva
  • pupa



Watch the lesson June Bug Life Cycle as a class, and pause at 0:55 to ask students about their prior experiences with June bugs. Then, continue the video lesson.

Pause at 3:04 to ask the following questions:

  • What are the stages of a June bug's life cycle? Record students' answers on chart paper.
  • What are some other insects that change drastically during different life cycles?

Continue watching the remainder of the video. Ask students:

  • What are some enemies of the June bug? Why?

Use the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.

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