Lesson Plan

Insects Identification and Life Cycles

Students will learn what makes an insect an insect and will learn the stages of development for insects (butterflies)
Joseph B.
Classroom teacher
Uchon Elementary School
Seoul, South Korea
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My Grades 1
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, English Language Learning

Students will be able to identify the characteristics of insects. 

Activate prior knowledge by discussing insects they know and that they have in common. 

Concepts to review via a PPT. 
Three body parts (head, thorax, abdomen); Two antennae; Two (large) eyes; Six Legs; exoskeleton; waterproof skin

Following this, we will watch a video about the life cycle of butterflies. 

We will then discuss the life cycles of insects (butterflies in particular)

We will then create a Life Cycle Wheel. 

Grades 1
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1 Introduction to Insects: What makes an insect and insect?

Activity: Presenting

Start by discussing different insects that students know and see if they can determine what characteristics they all have in common. Emphasize the fact that spiders are not insects. Then discuss. 

They will utilize this knowledge and label a diagram (ant)

This portion should take no more than 40 mins
(5mins discussion and warmup)
(15-20mins for the ppt)
(15-20mins for the diagram)

2 Discuss the Life Cycle of Insects (Butterflies)

Review the stages of the an insects life 
Activates prior knowledge from our story in reading class this week. 

Discuss other animal life cycles that they know 
(birds, frogs, spiders) 

Watch the video 

Create a wheel diagram that features the 4 stage life cycle of a butterfly: egg; caterpillar; pupa; butterfly

Discussion (5 mins(
Video (5 mins) 
Activity (30 mins)