I had not planned on teaching ladybug day, but traded last minute and ended up teaching it with pretty short notice. I felt only so-so about my materials, but we had a great day and the kids were really good listeners, so I guess they worked out. I only ended up with one good book at the library, Ladybugs: Red Firey, and Bright by Mia Posada. I used my ladybug life-cycle models with the book. I think I got them in a set in the 'educational/science' section at Toys R Us.
This was the kids favorite page. They loved the larva! They were pretty gross.
The book was a rhyming one so I went with a rhyming activities. We haven't done much with rhyming. I said the picture on the lead as I laid them out in the center of our circle rug. Then as we took turns, I passed out the lady bugs. The kiddos matched them up.
My sweet hubby helped me do a lot of cutting and gluing to get these gals ready.
The pictures I used on the leaves and bugs are from The best of Mailbox learning centers preschool/kindergarten 1996, the same place the first letter pictures came from with the kangaroos.
The ladybugs made up pretty quickly. They are just little black circles (heads) glued on a larger black circle (body). Then a red circle the same size as the black body is cut in half and glued on for wings.
I used some thick black string for the antennas. They stuck in place when I laminated them.
We snuck in this eye-spy page during this little 8-10ish minute pocket in the day. I made the pictures a little bit bigger than an Hh page I had used several weeks ago and the kids did find it easier. I also added the words so that perhaps my sister would find some use for it in her 1st grade room. (I can't share this document with a link since I don't own the copyright for the pictures, but I'd be happy to email you a copy if you'd like to see it better. Just leave me a note in the comments section.)
Here's Lou's craft. the construction was pretty much the same as my smaller ones. The kids stamped the dots on with a round sponge stick stamper thing.
I had this activity ready just in case we had time and we did end up needing it. We've done this before with colored rugs and a little bug and a rhyme that says, "Little bug, little bug, are you under the ___red___ rug?" That was last year when they were 3 and 4.
For this day, we used the rhyme, "Ladybug ladybug, are you under the _____ rug?" The kids took turns naming a letter and flipping the letter. It's funny, sometimes the kids enjoy such a simple activity. You never know.