Our class has been studying a unit on Ladybugs. We have read
several books about these fascinating insects. We were shocked
to learn how important these ‘ladies’ are to our environment,
and now we know why they are so lucky!
Before reading our ladybug books, the children were eager to
discuss all of the facts they already knew and things they
wanted to know about ladybugs. We made a class KWL chart with
all of our information.
Then, as we read books, we added our newly-learned
information onto our chart. The information was written in
note-taking form, using bullets for new facts and information.
Using the chart, the students worked on creating a paragraph
that incorporated a main idea with supporting details. The
students needed to create these complete sentences from the
note-taking bullets. Lastly, the children transferred their
creations onto the computer using the computer program KidPix
and/or created a paper ladybug with their writing inside the
Our unit supports the UDL model. The students were able to
choose their creations--paper ladybugs or the computer using
KidPix. Some students chose both! The students also had the
choice of the direction of their writing piece. Some students
chose to write about why they are lucky, while others
concentrated on the types of ladybugs or simply all of the
fascinating facts about them.
This lesson incorporated New York State Learning Standards for
English Language Arts and Mathematics, Science, and Technology.