Studying Life Cycles is one of our second grade Science Content
Standards. To learn about ladybugs, we watched a movie called
the The Ladybird Beetle. We also read several books and students
conducted research on the Internet to find ladybug information.
We had real live ladybug larva from Ladybug Land in our
classroom. Students kept journals of their observations as they
viewed insect metamorphosis.
Our unit supports the UDL model. The students brainstormed
different ways to present the information they learned during
our study of ladybugs. These included writing a poem about what
it feels like to be a ladybug and illustrating with finger
paint, making a model of the ladybug's life cycle using model
magic, constructing a model of a ladybug's anatomy using various
materials, painting the adult stage of the ladybug life cycle
(emergence from the pupa to when the ladybug's wings harden),
and writing a reader's theater. The students had their choice of
the activity they wished to participate in.
Listen to Our Interview
I wonder if ladybugs like to be ladybugs.
I suppose they do.
It's fun to suck up the juice from aphids just like sucking
juice from a straw.
It's fun to tickle a bug watcher in the muddy grass.
It feels so delightful because I am the tiniest creature in the world.
When I'm flying, it feels like I'm floating in the air.
Ladybug Life Cycles