Larva 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.

These lesson plans will help you teach your students about the larval stage of various species. Students will learn about several types of insects and animals that undergo a metamorphosis before reaching adulthood.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson students will be able to:

  • Identify the life cycle of various insects and animals.
  • Compare the characteristics and behavior of larva to its adult version.
  • Describe how going through the larval stage contributes to the survival of the species.


This lesson will take approximately 45-90 minutes.

NGSS Standards


Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.


Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.


  • amphibian
  • Cnidarian
  • larva
  • metamorphosis
  • polyp
  • pupa

Materials needed

  • chart paper, markers


Activate prior knowledge by asking students the following questions:

  • What is larva?
  • What are some things that have a larval stage?
  • Why do you think it is important for some living things to pass through a larval stage?

Read the lesson Larva: Definition & Types as a class.

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