We thoroughly enjoyed our Lucky Ladybug experience and were able
to tie it into all subject areas that week. It was great fun.
In Language Arts, we were discussing genres, so we read 2
ladybug books to demonstrate fiction and non-fiction. We were
discussing US State Symbols in Social Studies. Using postcards
sent in during our US Postcard Exchange, various websites viewed
on the smart board, and a graph, we found out how many states
had Ladybugs as their state insect. During 2nd Semester, we will
access prior experiences to discuss insect life cycles in
Science. We just couldn't wait until then to have Ladybugs in
our classroom! I took many photos to refresh their memories next
Spring. For Independent Living Skills, we practiced spreading
Our Ladybug Math time was a great success.
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We began the previous week by playing games with
addition doubles flashcards when we finished other lessons
early. We also skip counted by two's during Calendar Time. When
it came time for the lesson, the children were more than ready
to learn multiplication concepts. As a teacher, I enjoyed seeing
my students choose how to represent their learning. The delight
and pride they showed in their project was greater than I've
seen before. It was also neat to see how some students 'jumped
on the learning train' during one type of activity (Smartboard)
and the others hopped on for another activity (ink blots). For
my assessment, my students created symmetrical ladybugs and then
wrote 2 different number sentences to demonstrate how addition
and multiplication are related. They were able to create
ladybugs on the computer using Kid Pix, with construction paper
and glue, playdoh, and by drawing with markers. Even the most
physically disabled student in my room was able to create a
ladybug with help.