The ladybug lesson plan, is a hands on way to explore the world of bugs. In addition to science it includes literature, math, craft projects and fun activities.
Observation is a key science experience.
An Insect Lore Ladybug Land
allows real hands-on learning. Children love watching the bug develop
through its life cycle, and get a sense for the timing it takes.
Much more fun that catching bugs!
materials needed: cake mix and listed ingredients, red icing or white and lots of food coloring, mixer, cup cake pan and paper liners, baking spray, chocolate hydrox cookies, chocolate chips, black licorice laces candy, plastic knives
Have children place liners in pan.
Spray with baking spray.
Assist children with measuring and mixing cake mix then filling pans.
Bake as directed.
Once cool let children ice with plastic knife.
Insert two 1" pieces of licorice near the edge of cupcake as antenna.
Separate cookie so you have two sides, break each side in half.
Place rounded edge of one half side of cookie toward outer edge of cupcake, behind licorice, as head.
Use chocolate chips as spots.
at: Everything Ladybug! Site provides photographs, video of life cycle, online games and activity sheets.
materials needed: small smooth oval rock, red & black paint, paint brush, water cup
Paint the rock red. After the red dries use black paint to add the head and spots.
materials needed: red, green and black construction paper,
and leaf patterns
pencil, scissors, glue stick, hole-punch, black marker
Trace body on to red paper, head onto black paper, and leaf onto green paper. Cut out pattern pieces. Glue body to leaf. Glue head to front of body. With hole-punch make dots then glue them on, encourage equal number of spots on each side. Use marker to add antennae, legs and eyes.
materials needed:plastic spoon, plaster-of-Paris, water, red and black acrylic paints, paint brush, bar pin
Help child mix plaster according to package directions. Fill spoon and smooth over. Insert bar pin just enough to secure. Once dry remove from spoon and paint the front red. Once paint is dry paint a half circle for head then add spots.
materials needed: pictures of animals and bugs to represent those in Ladybugs and Other Insects,
marker, scissors, glue stick, paper
Fold paper in half. On top of one half write "bugs" on the other half write "animals". Have preschoolers color pictures and cut them out. They will sort them into two groups, bugs or animals. Have them then glue the pictures under the right heading.
Can Teach Songs & Poems Ladybugs
Read Ladybugs and Other Insects
Ask which is first in the life cycle: adult, pupa, larva, or egg.
Ask what is the right order of life cycle.
Review that bugs are what we call insects.
Insects have three section bodies: head, thorax and body; six legs, and two antennae.
Read The Grouchy Ladybug.
Ask how the bug was feeling as the story started. Ask what other bugs were in the story.
Talk about using nice words like: please, thank you and excuse me.
Take about having good manners like: not interrupting, taking turns and sharing.