Praying Mantis Lesson Plan

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

The praying mantis is an intriguing insect. This lesson plan offers your students a chance to get to know more about the praying mantis and its life cycle through engaging, active and creative activities.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe a praying mantis biologically
  • Differentiate between incomplete and complete metamorphosis
  • Define terms related to praying mantises and their life cycle


  • Warm-up and Instructions: 20 minutes
  • Activity 1: 10-15 minutes
  • Activity 2: 30 minutes
  • Activity 3: 45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


  • Printed transcripts of the video lesson Praying Mantis: Facts & Life Cycle and hard copies of the lesson quiz
  • Audio/video equipment
  • Art supplies, including:
    • Modelling clay
    • Paint
    • Poster paper
    • Markers/colored pencils
    • Glue
    • Pop sticks, pipe cleaners and googly eyes
  • Access to research materials
  • Mixed assortment of plastic toy insects, but include at least a dozen toy praying mantises


  • Ask for a volunteer to summarize an outline, then follow the summary up by asking the class:
    • How is an outline formatted?
    • What information goes into an outline?
    • Why would you create an outline of information?
  • Tell your students that you will be practicing creating an informative outline while learning some facts about the life cycle of the praying mantis.
  • Write the two main headings, 'Praying Mantis 101' and 'Praying Mantis Life Stages,' on the board.
  • Instruct students to copy the two main headings for the lesson onto their own paper, leaving plenty of room to fill in important information later.

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