The Mosquito Life Cycle Activity

Understanding the life cycle of a mosquito helps us understand how to prevent the spread of diseases they carry. A lab investigation provides learners with the opportunity to track the two-week life cycle of the mosquito. Scholars make observations about the stages of the insect's life cycle from egg to larvae to pupa to adult.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign the click-and-learn presentation as homework; use class time to explore the concepts in the activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Experiment requires two full weeks to complete, but only about five minutes per day for observations
  • Expects a familiarity with the life cycle of an insect prior to the lesson
Pros

  • Provides several different resources to support the main activity
  • Student handout includes several images to help clarify instructions
Cons

  • None
NGSS