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.

Pause at the end of the What is Larva? section. Ask students to think of one new thing they learned from this section and have them turn and talk to a partner about what they learned. Give student pairs and the opportunity to share with the rest of the class.

Continue reading Insect Larvae, Amphibian Larvae, and Cnidarian Larvae.

Pause to divide students into small groups. Provide each group with a set of materials. Have students create a 3-column chart on chart paper to illustrate and describe the life cycle of insects, amphibians, and Cnidarians using the proper scientific terms for each stage. Have groups share with the class.

Finish reading the lesson.

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

Activity: Life Cycles

Materials needed

  • access to computers with internet and printer
  • construction paper
  • glue or tape
  • markers

Have students number off from one to three. The ones will be insects, the twos will be amphibians, and the threes will be Cnidarians. Have each student select a different creature from within their assigned category to research further.

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