Mites 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.

Your students will be interested to know about the millions of microscopic creatures that exist all around them. Through the use of this lesson plan, you will be able to teach your students about the life cycle and characteristics of dust mites.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson students will be able to:

  • describe dust mites
  • illustrate the life cycle of a dust mite

Length

This lesson will take approximately 60-90 minutes.

Curriculum Standards

NGSS.MS-LS1-5.

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

NGSS.MS-LS2-1.

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

NGSS.MS-LS4-4.

Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals' probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.

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.

Vocabulary

  • class Arachnida
  • exoskeleton
  • larva
  • molting
  • protonymph
  • tritonymph

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