Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Very Grouchy Ladybug

Our second full week of our Eric Carle study was all about The Grouchy Ladybug!  They love this story -they really like just how grouchy that ladybug gets! 
We start off reading The Very Grouchy Ladybug using the puppet and the clock. 
This year I chose two student assistants to use the puppet and keep up with the time on the clock. 
The next day we read  ladybug and beetle facts. 

I bought this pack of Insect cards from the Target dollar spot and they each got a chance to share their two favorite cards with the class.  It was amazing what many of them already knew.

We used this chart to list facts we learned about ladybugs.  I had to fill in every available space!
 My team and I have been very excited to see how the writing process is unfolding for the
children through the step by step process we are using with the graphic organizers that
Deanna Jump has provided through her tPt sight.  Click here to see what all she has to offer!

I wish I had taken a photo of the graphic organizer we used for our fact writing but I sure didn't! 
The day we charted the ladybug facts in whole group, we used the organizer to write four ladybug
facts in small groups.  The next day each child wrote their four facts in paragraph form to include
in our Eric Carle books. 
I can't emphasize enough how much easier it is for the children to write these facts in a paragraph after 
they have used the organizer.  I think if we utilize this process thoroughly in the last five weeks of school (we do a LOT of writing for this unit and our fairytale unit in May) it will, hopefully, embed the writing process in their thinking to use in the upper grades.

I took this photo before she wrote her fourth fact but since this was her second time writing these facts she felt confident in her writing and it flowed fairly easily.

Next came the artwork!

They each painted  their own paper red one afternoon.

The Very Grouchy Ladybug page in their book. 
Another day, we made our Aphids math page. 
Simple but they enjoy using the hole punch and the ink pad!

I think I will add a script to this page about aphids-it just looks a little blank! 
Ladybugs Are a Gardener

Of course, we charted the Ladybug Life Cycle and recorded this in our Science Journals.

We learned The Five Little Ladybugs poem and will include it in our Poetry Journal next week.  I like to give the children at least two weeks practice with a poem to really focus on learning it and then recognizing the sight words, punctuation and rhyming words.

Five Little Ladybugs
This is a Hungry Caterpillar story sequencing activity that I found online a few years ago. 
I looked and could not find it's source but I did find another sight that actually had quite a few
literacy and math activities for The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Click here to see what they have!

This is one activity we use to practice nonsense words in small groups.
 It is very simple and not very original but they enjoy it!

I call out one letter at a time and the children say the sound it makes as they write it on their white board.  The first child that is able to read it as a word gets a sticker.  Not exactly rocket science but it is great practice for speed and fluency for DIBELS.

Practice, practice, practice!


  1. We will begin working on "Diary of a Ladybug" as soon as our order from Insect Lore arrives. You have fabulous ideas!

    When we administered DIBELS, I would put letters on three cubes and have the kids roll nonsense words. Fun Stuff. Do you know about the DIBELS Interventions website?

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  2. I really like the addition and subtraction sentences with the ladybugs, too cute. I will have to incorporate this into our unit this year.
    We get live ladybugs each year and do our unit with them. We also work on time with this unit, the kids just love it.

  3. Ok..a couple of things. 1. who doesn't love playing with the hole punch? 2. I felt like a grumpy ladybug today. And finally, this made me think of Andy because he will throw out some random fact about a bug that sounds like he totally made it up and it will be true. He'll tell me he learned it at school. Thank you to you and all the other teachers who fill our kids heads with cool facts and not wringing their necks (b/c they can be pretty aggravating, especially 30 of them at once). You're awesome! Jen

  4. What cute ideas! I love the project with the hole punch! That would be an instant motivator for my group! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Cute ladybug ideas--Thanks for sharing


  6. I think your ideas are amazing and I fully intend to use a few when my day care opens. Thank you so much for sharing and I can't wait to see your future projects. I'm a new blogger so I would appreciate your support by becoming followers as well... thanks! :)

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