What Bugs You?
1st Grade

by

Jennifer Atkins & Kimberly Thomason

Introduction  Task  Procedure  Resources  Evaluation  Conclusion

Introduction

The ladybugs have invaded our classroom!  They are here to help us understand their body parts, life cycle, behavior, and environment.  The ladybugs will be here for a short visit and we will continue to study them after they are gone from our classroom.  You will see how fun it is to have these visitors and what we can learn from them.


 Ladybugs (also called lady birds and lady beetles) are small, oval-shaped winged insects. These shiny insects are usually red with black spots or black with red spots on the wing covers. The number of spots identifies the type of ladybug. Most ladybugs are less than 1/4 inch (4-8 mm) long. As ladybugs age, the color of the spots fade. Birds are the major predator of the ladybug. Ladybugs will play dead when threatened.

 

Task

You will fly through the webquest and learn about the life cycle, what ladybugs eat, and other buggy facts!

 

Procedure:

1.  Read the Life Cycle of the ladybug and trace the life cycle of the ladybug starting with the egg.

2.  Read about the diet and habitat of the ladybug.

3.  Read the Ladybug Lifecycle Sequencing Cards.

4.  Sing with a partner "The Grouchy Ladybug Song".

5.   Read poem and do finger play with "Ladybug Rhyme "

6.  Recite the poem Five Little Ladybugs

7.  Go to  resources to learn more information on ladybugs and print and color pictures of the ladybug.

8.  Print and fill out graph of ladybug lifecycle.

9.  Create ladybug journal and list three facts learned about our friend the ladybug.

LIFE STAGES:

The ladybug, like all beetles, undergoes a complete metamorphosis during its life. The life stages of the ladybug are: egg --> larva --> pupa --> adult

By looking at the picture below, trace the life cycle of the ladybug starting with the egg.

  1. egg
  2. larva
  3. pupa
  4. adult

Life cycle of a ladybug
 

DIET:

Ladybug larvae can eat about 25 aphids a day; adults can eat over 50. There are about 5,000 different species of ladybugs throughout the world. A common species is the two-spotted ladybug; it is orange red with one black spot on each wing cover.

Ladybugs eat aphids and other harmful insects.  Ladybug are helpful to farmers by eating bugs that hurt crops.

HABITAT:

Ladybugs live in a variety of habitats, including forests, fields, grasslands, gardens, and even in people's houses.

Ladybug Lifecycle Sequencing Cards  

"The Grouchy Ladybug Song"

Sing to the tune Clementine

Grouchy ladybug, grouchy ladybug.
You like aphids to eat.
Why are you so very grouchy?
We wish you were nice and sweet!

Grouchy ladybug, grouchy ladybug,
You tried to fight a whale
But you thought he wasn’t big enough
‘Til he slapped you with his tail!”

Grouchy Ladybug, Grouchy Ladybug,
You have learned to be kind.
I am happy you are kind.
Now you won’t be left behind.

 

  1. READ POEM AND DO FINGER PLAY

Ladybug Rhyme

Ladybug, ladybug, (move fingers)
Let me see your crawl, (crawl slowly on all fours)
Hurry after those harmful bugs (move quickly on all fours)
But be careful, do not fall! (fall over)

 

Five Little Ladybugs

Five little ladybugs, climbing on some plants,
Eating the aphids, but not the ants!
The first one said: "Save some aphids for me!"
The second one said: "These are tasty as can be!"
The third one said: "Oh, they're almost gone!"
The fourth one said: "Then it's time to move on!
The fifth one said: "Come on, let's fly!"
So they opened their wings and flew through the sky.

 

 

Resources

http://ecokids.earthday.ca/pub/fun_n_games/games/ladybug/index.cfm#

http://www.ames.com/kids/coloringbook/ladybug.html

http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/ciskid/kidlbs/lbsidx.htm

http://can-do.com/uci/ssi2001/twins-activity.html

 

Evaluation

Label each stage of the life cycle and color picture

Label the Ladybug Life Cycle Diagram
Label the ladybug life cycle diagram using the definitions below.

 

Conclusion

LADYBUG JOURNAL                   

 

Materials

2 large construction paper circles- one red and one black (two per

student)

Notebook paper- cut it little smaller than the black circle

Medal fasteners (one per student)

Black dots

Glue stick

Activity

Have students fold the red piece of construction paper in half. Cut

down the line of symmetry. Now you should have two half circles. Glue

the notebook paper to the black construction paper circle (use a glue

stick). Place the two red pieces on top of the black. At the top push the medal fastener through the two red pieces and the one black piece.

Now close in back of the fastener. The red pieces are now the wings

and should be able to move. Place the black dots on the red wings.

Assessment

Completed book