Insect Life Cycle Lesson

Subject: Basic Science

Class: Primary 4

Term: 1

Week: 3

Topic: Insect: Life Cycle of Insect, Concept, Types, Examples, and Diagram

Sub-topic: Understanding the Life Cycle of Insects and Identifying Different Types and Examples

Duration: 45 minutes

Period Knowledge: Prior knowledge of the characteristics of insects, including their body structure.

Learning Materials:

  • Pictures and diagrams of different insect types
  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Textbooks and workbooks
  • Flashcards with insect life cycle stages
  • Examples of insects like butterflies, ants, and bees

Behavioural Objectives: By the end of the lesson, students should be able to:

  • Explain the life cycle of an insect.
  • Identify different types of insects.
  • Give examples of common insects.
  • Create a simple diagram illustrating the life cycle of an insect.

Embedded Core Skills: This lesson will help develop the following core skills:

  • Observational skills
  • Communication skills
  • Critical thinking and classification skills
  • Creativity in drawing


  • Begin by asking the students what they know about insects.
  • Use pictures and diagrams to introduce the concept of the life cycle of an insect.
  • Explain that insects go through stages like egg, larva, pupa, and adult.
  • Show pictures and examples of different types of insects (butterflies, ants, bees, etc.).
  • Discuss the unique characteristics of each type.
  • Introduce examples of other insects through pictures and stories.
  • Explain that students will create a simple diagram of an insect’s life cycle.

Step 1: Introduction to Insects and Their Life Cycle

  • Engage students with questions about insects.
  • Show pictures and diagrams of insect life cycle stages.
  • Explain the concept of the life cycle, including egg, larva, pupa, and adult.

Step 2: Types and Examples of Insects

  • Present pictures and examples of different types of insects.
  • Discuss the characteristics that make each type unique.
  • Share stories or interesting facts about these insects.

Step 3: Creating an Insect Life Cycle Diagram

  • Provide students with paper, markers, and crayons.
  • Guide them in drawing a simple life cycle diagram of an insect.
  • Encourage creativity and attention to detail


  • Ask individual students to explain the life cycle of an insect.
  • Have them identify different types of insects.
  • Check their diagrams for accuracy and completeness.

This lesson plan aims to make learning about insects engaging and informative, fostering an understanding of their life cycles and diversity.