Our Ladybug experience was exciting! We had real live ladybug
larva in our classroom. We were able to view their metamorphosis
first hand. This was a first for all of us. It was truly amazing
to watch. Once they were full grown ladybugs and we observed
them for a few days we released them into our field area.
To learn about our ladybugs the students in room 22 watched
videos, read and listened to books on ladybugs and conducted an
internet workshop to find ladybug information. They were very
engaged in this process and have learned a lot about ladybugs,
from how they grow to how they spend their winters, to vast
diversity of the ladybug. Who knew there were so many varieties!
The students were free to choose which way they wanted to
demonstrate what they learned. Many students drew or cut out
ladybugs from construction paper, while others were very
creative in their projects. Shaina chose to focus on the way
ladybugs spend the seasons in Ohio. Amari created a ladybug
mobile showing the different stages of the life cycle using
construction paper and string. Emily created a
and Joe drew all the stages and glued them together to show the
stages in order.
Because the information was provided in a variety of ways and
the students were able to choose which format they wanted to
demonstrate their knowledge, this lesson follows the principles
of the UDL design. Not only was this project informative in
science and life cycles, it was also fun and covered language
art learning goals. This project is a perfect example of
integrating the curriculum across the board.
Emily's Play-Doh Ladybug
Joe's Life Cycle Display
Shaina's Picture on ladybugs in Ohio