Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ladybugs in the Classroom

Today we learned about ladybugs in school. Ladybugs in the classroom are a great way to integrate fun and lots of other subjects too. First, we labeled the parts of a ladybug. Then we worked on a ladybug glyph. A glyph is a great learning tool that lets students learn ways to visually represent data. This is a shapes ladybug glyph, so each question on the glyph asked the kiddos to add another shape like an oval or circle for the ladybug head to the ladybug. 

We sorted through lots of old buttons--which was fun--and used these for our ladybug eyes.

 I think the ladybug glyphs turned out cute as a button.
Student ladybug glyph
Teacher ladybug glyph example

Then we used some web resources to learn even more. I liked seeing how the humane society used ladybugs for a good purpose. Here are the online ladybug resources we used.

Then we integrated some writing. I chose to use a draw and write writing prompt where the kiddos draw about what they've read and then they write about it.

Ladybug writing prompt
 We cut and pasted the life cycle pictures to paper plates. This is such a good way to make a nice learning display.
Life cycle of a ladybug plate craft

We even got a bit creative and made a ladybug headband hat. Just take two sentence strips and tape them together. Then tape the ladybug glyph to the front and the life cycle of a ladybug illustrations on the side.

Ladybug fun

Ladybug headband craft
We planted butterfly bushes to attract butterflies a couple of year ago. Each plant was less than five dollars. In no time, they are taller than I am, and they are a wonderful habitat for our insect studies. We took the camera with us and looked under the leaves to see if we could find any ladybug eggs.  Guess what..?...
Student picture of a ladybug larva
We found something even better. We found a ladybug larva. They are ugly little things. Forget the ugly duckling. What about the ugly ladybug?
Ladybug larva
The world is our classroom and learning is fun. We enjoyed our ladybug exploration, and there's even more fun things to come.  We're working with graphing our ladybug glyph data tomorrow.

The ideas in this post came from my teacher-created resource title Ladybugs! {Shape Glyph, Writing Prompts, Graphs, and Life Cycle}. Click {HERE} for more information about this ladybug learning resource.

Here's a parts of a ladybug printable freebie that's part of my Ladybugs! set free for you too. Click {HERE} to get your free printable ladybug activity.
Free Printable Ladybug Activity

Robin @ Sweet Tea Classroom

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  1. What a great activity and who doesn't love ladybugs?
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  2. So cute! I love me idea about the ladybug life cycle headband, and the parts of a ladybug freebie is great! Thanks for sharing! I'm now your newest follower!
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  3. Love your cute ideas and all the great pictures. I found you through the linky! I'm also your newest follower. I look forward to coming back and keeping up with what's going on!


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  4. Thank you so much for the ladybug diagram. We do a unit on ladybugs very similar to yours, except we actually labeled the construction ladybug. The only problem is that the label like to fall off, so I think this diagram will work better! I am your newest follower and would love for you to visit my blog!
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  5. Stopping by from Triple T Mum. Wow, I have never seen ladybird larva before! This post is awesome. I am pinning to a couple of my boards, including Kids Co-op. Thanks for linking this!

  6. Omg, those ladybugs are sooo cute!!!

  7. These are adorable!!

    Miss J

    Smiles, Crayons, and Endless Stories

  8. I love your ladybug activities!! I've raised them from eggs in my classroom & I agree - the larva are so strange looking!! Just found your blog & I'm your newest follower :)

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