Life Cycle of an Insect Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the life cycle of an insect. Students will read a text lesson to explain the four stages of an insect's life using active strategies for comprehension, then apply learning to an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the four stages in an insect's life cycle
  • use subject-matter vocabulary accurately


1 - 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Egg
  • Larva
  • Pupa
  • Adult

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3

Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.5

Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Distribute copies of the lesson Life Cycle of an Insect: Lesson for Kids and give each student a highlighter.
  • With students, highlight titles, subheadings, and bold text.
  • Instruct students to look at the text they highlighted and ask:
    • What can we tell about our learning from reading this text?
    • What can we predict our learning will be about?
  • Read the first section 'White Specks on a Leaf - What Are They?' with students.
  • Have students turn and talk to a friend sharing what they know about the life cycle of insects, then discuss as a class.

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