- TK -6th grade
- Our grade specific classroom presentations teach students about the biology, ecology and control of mosquitoes.
- Each class borrows a life cycle kit (for two weeks) that includes live mosquito larvae and mosquitofish.
- Each student is provided with an observation journal or activity book that is used with the life cycle kit.
- We designed our lessons to reinforce the Next Generation Science Standards.
- The following is a list of the various grade-specific lesson we use.
Title: The Brave Knight and the Royal Pond
Lesson Overview: In the story, the Brave Knight accidentally discovers that mosquitoes are growing in the Royal Pond. Students learn some of the strategies we now use to reduce mosquitoes around our homes. Click on the video to view a digital version of the story, The observation sheet helps children connect concepts from the story with the classroom life cycle kit.Observation sheet
Title: The Backyard Mystery
First graders help solve the mystery of the itchy insect bites. The story illustrates how people often accidentaly grow mosquitoes in their own backyards. Click on the presentation to view the pages of the story, and on the journal to see a digital copy of what each student uses with the classroom life cycle kit.Presentation1st Grade Journal
Title: Aquatic Habitats and Mosquitoes
Second graders learn to describe and compare aquatic habitats. Students discover that mosquitoes often grow in a variety of aquatic habitats, and predatory mosquitofish can be used in certain habitats to control mosquitoes. Click on the presentation and journal to learn more.Presentation2nd Grade Journal
Title: How Mosquitoes Grow
Third graders learn everything that a mosquito needs in order to develop from an aquatic larva into a terrestrial adult. Students record how the mosquitoes in the classroom life cycle kit develop over the course of two weeks.Presentation3rd Grade Journal
Title: Adaptations of Mosquitoes
Fourth graders discover how mosquitoes are adapted to survive in different habitats. A digital microscope is used during the lesson to project a live image of mosquito larvae. Students are challenged to point out specific adaptations that they observe.Presentation4th Grade Journal
Title: Ecology of Mosquitoes
Fifth graders study the various ecological roles that mosquitoes play in the environment (consumer, prey, parasite, vector, etc.). A simple food web model is used to illustrate these concepts.Presentation5th Grade Journal
Title of lesson varies depending on topic
Upper grade presentations focus on the importance of mosquitoes as vectors of human and animal diseases. We often work with educators to incorporate the study of mosquitoes into specific presentations that relate directly to the class curriculum. Examples include insect identification, mosquitoes in agriculture, mosquito control as a career, etc.