Migratory Insects 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.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about migratory insects. Students will understand what migration is and why insects migrate. Further, they will be able to identify some migrating insects.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Define migration.
  • Identify migrating insects.
  • Summarize the reasons why insects migrate.


60 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


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.

  • NGSS.MS-LS2-2

Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.


  • climate
  • cryptochromes
  • drought
  • gregarious stage
  • habitat
  • hibernation
  • migration
  • navigation
  • plague
  • populations
  • solitary stage
  • swarms


  • Copies of the quiz
  • Copies of the lesson
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Access to computer/internet
  • Colored pencils
  • Chart paper
  • Markers

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