Mrs. Applebaum's First Grade Class
Norwood Elementary School
Port Jefferson Station, New York

Our class was fortunate enough to join the collaborative Lucky Ladybug Internet project.  We were all very excited.  

 After starting with a K-W-L chart, we used our pocket chart for poems and songs to learn about ladybugs.  We read many fiction books (including The Grouchy Ladybug  by Eric Carle,  The Very Lazy Ladybug by Isobel Finn and Little Buggy by Kevin O'Malley) and some non-fiction books (including Ladybugs by Sylvia Johnson and  Life of the Ladybug  by A. Fischer).

  We decided to compare and contrast the fiction and non-fiction facts.  We wrote our fascinating facts about ladybugs using research from our books and Internet websites. While looking through our books including The Usborne Living World Encyclopedia, we noticed that the cover had a beautiful glossy, color picture on it but not one word about ladybugs.  So we wrote a class letter to Scholastic, the publisher.

  Using The Grouchy Ladybug , we decided to make our own book.  As our ladybug flew around, our sun moved across our sky and our clocks showed the time of day as the little ladybug continued to try to pick a fight with other animals along the way.  We also used KidPix to draw ladybugs along with some fascinating facts.  

 Our class was very enthusiastic about obtaining all the facts about ladybugs.  We hope you enjoy looking at some of our work as much as we had fun researching it!  

story about a grouchy ladybug
ladybug story
ladybug computer picture
bulletin board

  Susan Silverman and Sarah McPherson 2007