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Lesson Plan: Insects

Subject:  Writing

Grade: 3

Lesson Objective: To write a story about what the world would be like without insects

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3- Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.




  • Why are insects important to the environment?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • We have talked about how insects are every important to the environment.  Who remembers some of those reasons?  (Allow the students to answer.)
  • Insects help to pollinate plants.  Insects eat dead leaves and animals that are on the ground.  Insects are also food for other animals.
  • You are going to be writing about insects and what would happen if there were no insects.
  • When you are writing about something that isn’t real, it is important to really think through what you think would happen.
  • You should think about what you know is real and then use your imagination to figure out what you think would happen.
  • When writing, it is always important to include as many details as you can.  You should use words that help people to be able to picture what you are describing.
  • You can also explain why think the way that you do.  Make sure that you use details to explain what you are thinking.
  • Now, you are going to be writing your opinion.  Remember to include as many reasons or details as you can.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share what your opinion is?  (Allow the students to share.)

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Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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