• Class: Primary 2
  • Term: 3rd Term
  • Week: 3
  • Age: 7 years
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Subject: Pre Vocational Studies
  • Curriculum Theme: Agricultural Science
  • Previous Lesson: Usefulness Of Insects
  • Topic: Useful But Harmful Insects
  • Content: Useful But Harmful Insects

Performance Objectives:

By the end of the lesson, pupils should be able to:

  • Cognitive domain: Identify examples of useful but harmful insects and explain how they are useful and how they are harmful.
  • Affective domain: Show appreciation for the role of insects in nature and develop a sense of responsibility towards managing harmful insects.
  • Psychomotor domain: Demonstrate ways to safely observe insects in their natural habitat without harming them.
  • Social domain: Discuss with peers the impact of these insects on their daily lives and environment.

Reference Materials:

The following resources were used in planning this lesson:

  • 9 – Years Basic Education Curriculum
  • Abuja Educational Resource Centre Scheme of work
  • NAPPS National Unified Scheme of Work
  • Online Information from Insect Identification (https://www.insectidentification.org)
  • Relevant Textbooks

Instructional Materials:

The teacher will teach this lesson with the aid of:

  • Charts depicting various insects
  • Real or model insects for observation
  • Videos showing insects in action
  • Magnifying glasses

Rationale for the Lesson:

Understanding the dual nature of insects in our ecosystem is crucial. Some insects, while beneficial in certain aspects, can become pests and cause harm. This knowledge is important for developing a balanced view of nature and learning how to coexist with these creatures responsibly.

Prerequisite/Previous Knowledge:

Pupils are expected to have basic knowledge about insects from the previous lesson on the usefulness of insects.


Learning Area: Useful But Harmful Insects

To deliver this lesson, the teacher will adopt the following steps:

Content DevelopmentTimeTeaching MethodTeaching StrategyTeacher’s ActivityPupils ActivityLearning Point
Step 1: Introduction (Set Induction)5 minDiscussionQuestioningBriefly recap the previous lesson on insects.Pupils listen and respond to questions.Setting the stage for new learning.
Step 2: Explanation of Topic10 minLectureExplanationExplain what makes an insect both useful and harmful.Listen and view pictures/charts.Understanding the dual roles of insects.
Step 3: Examples and Discussion10 minInteractiveGroup DiscussionPresent examples of useful but harmful insects.Discuss in groups and share thoughts.Linking real life with conceptual learning.
Step 4: Observation5 minDemonstrationShowingShow video clips or real insects if possible.Observe and identify features of the insects.Enhancing understanding through observation.
Step 5: Note Taking5 minWritingListingGuide pupils to take structured notes.Pupils write notes in their books.Summarizing the lesson content.
Step 6: Evaluation3 minOral QuestioningRecallAsk questions about the day’s lesson.Pupils answer questions orally.Assessing understanding and retention.
Step 7: Conclusion2 minSummarizingSummationSummarize key points of the lesson.Listen and ask any remaining questions.Reinforcement of the day’s learning.

Classroom Note:

Useful But Harmful Insects

Insects can be friends and foes! Today, we learned about insects that are helpful because they pollinate plants or eat other harmful bugs but can also damage crops or spread diseases. For example:

  1. Bees: They help by pollinating flowers but can sting and cause allergies.
  2. Ladybugs: Great at eating aphids which harm plants, but in large numbers, they can invade homes and become a nuisance.
  3. Ants: Some ants help by breaking down organic matter, but they can also invade our homes and harm crops.
  4. Mosquitoes: They are food for birds and fish, but they spread diseases like malaria.
  5. Wasps: They control other pests but can be very aggressive and sting humans.

Each of these insects has a role in nature but can also affect our lives negatively. It’s important to know how to deal with them safely and responsibly!

Lesson Evaluation:

To evaluate the learning, the teacher asks pupils to:

  1. Name two insects that are both useful and harmful.
  2. Explain why bees are considered both useful and harmful.
  3. Describe one way to safely observe harmful insects.

Note for teachers using my lesson plan:
Hi there, remember that I didn’t make this lesson plan with any particular class or teacher in mind and I tried as much as possible with my experience and expertise to deliver this plan in a standard and effective style utilizing the best strategy and methods. Nevertheless, you are free to customize the lesson content, teaching methods, timing and pupil activities to suit your teaching style, pupils comprehension, curriculum, and resources available to you. Happy teaching!

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Last Update: April 23, 2024