This was our first internet project but it certainly won’t be
our last! We began
our quest for knowledge with several different
Students learned how to
research and write down important or interesting facts they
would need later in their creations.
Each student kept a
research journal of questions, information and answers they
found through researching.
We included a picture on the first slide of our rap
PowerPoint. We are
holding up our research folders.
On the right is Mrs. Dawson our fantastically helpful
Thanks Mrs. Dawson!
These journals came in handy when it was time to work on the
They used the information recorded there to make their
presentations accurate as well as wonderful.
Their journals also included a K-W-L chart which was
updated throughout our research time.
We were lucky enough to have live ladybugs grow from eggs
to beautiful adult ladybugs right in our classroom.
The last day of our ladybug project we set them free in
our playground happy and healthy.
Students were able to choose from many different activities to
show what they had learned.
These included writing songs, stories, poems or
informational papers as well as drawing sketches or labeled
diagrams of ladybugs and/or their lifecycles.
Since our research began the week before our spring break
some students even chose to continue their research at home!
Our bulletin board outside the room was used to add what
we created as the weeks went by.
It was great to see other students coming by to check out
our projects. We
ended up with a great variety of projects and more knowledge
about ladybugs than we ever thought we would have!
Each student in the class created their own PowerPoint using
their research journals and then worked in groups to combine the
best into one per group.
This was a first for many of them and they quickly learned how
to problem solve together in their groups to create the best
From there we took the best slide from each group to
create one whole class PowerPoint.
We worked hard to complete the audio for each slide
because we thought the PowerPoints
with audio were our favorites while we were doing our own
Our class also wrote a rap about ladybugs.
Dana, Laurie and Kim got us started and we finished it
off together. We
decided to write the words on a PowerPoint and record ourselves
performing the rap.
Listen to see how it turned out!