Maggots Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Do your students know that flies emerge from maggots? This lesson plan will help you teach your students about maggots and their life cycle using a text lesson. A small group activity reinforces key content.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the physical characteristics of a maggot
  • explain the presence of maggots in the aftermath of the battle of Gettysburg
  • list and summarize the stages of maggot's life cycle

Length

45 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

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.6-8.3

Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

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.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.7

Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

MS-LS1-5.

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

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