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Ladybug Project Ideas

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

Ladybugs are fascinating insects that most children love to observe. Use the project ideas in this asset to help students learn all they can about ladybugs.

Ladybugs

Who doesn't love to catch a ladybug and watch it crawl all over their arm? Most children enjoy watching ladybugs. There is much to learn about these interesting insects and ladybug themed projects are a great way to get students involved in the learning process. The projects below have been designed for use with elementary learners and will be a great way to allow students to take an even closer look at ladybugs.

Write a Ladybug Book

Materials: books about ladybugs, writing paper and pencils, drawing paper and colored pencils or markers

  • Begin with a class discussion about ladybugs. Discuss things such as life cycle, what they eat, where they live, etc.
  • Next, put students into groups of 2 - 4 and give each group several pieces of writing paper and pencils. Allow all students access to the books about ladybugs.
  • Instruct each group to write at least five pages of a book about ladybugs. Be sure they include information about:
    • The life cycle of a ladybug
    • Ladybug habitat
    • What ladybugs eat
    • Different types of ladybugs (different colors, etc.)
    • How ladybugs protect themselves
  • Allow students time to work on their pages and suggest that they can create more than just five pages if they have more information they would like to share.
  • Now, give each group several pieces of drawing paper and some colored pencils or crayons.
  • Instruct each group to create an illustration page to accompany each written page in their book.
  • Also have students create a cover for their book that includes the name of the book, the authors and illustrators, and an illustration that will help get people interested in reading the book.
  • Finally, help each group assemble their books and bind them in some way.
  • Have each group share their work with the class.

Ladybug Life Cycle

Materials: poster board, construction paper in various colors, scissors, glue, other crafting supplies as determined by students (cotton balls, etc.), writing paper, pencils

  • Begin with a class review of the life cycle of a ladybug (egg, larva, pupa, ladybug). Ask students to describe each stage of the cycle.
  • Give each student a piece of poster board on which to work along with scissors and glue.
  • Make a stack of various colors of construction paper available.
  • Instruct each student to create a 3-dimensional representation of the life cycle of a ladybug using the crafting supplies you have provided or other supplies that they decide they might need. Be sure they:
    • Represent the life cycle of a ladybug as a cyclical process.
    • Name each stage in the cycle.
    • Create a 3-dimensional representation of each stage.
  • Next, give each student writing paper and ask them to write one paragraph for each stage in the cycle. Their paragraphs should explain what happens in each stage, how long each stage lasts, and any other information they would like to share.
  • Have each student find a way to affix their paragraphs to their poster board presentations (for example, they could cut out each paragraph and glue it next to the appropriate stage).
  • If time allows, allow students to present their work to the class.

Observing Ladybugs

Materials: mason jars with holes pre-punched into the lids, writing paper and pencils, ladybug habitat materials and food (if necessary)

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