Friday, March 30, 2012

Ladybugs and Ladybug Family

First of all, TGIF!!! This week has seriously felt like the longest week of the school year! Parent conferences and a field trip all in one week! Plus, we still have one week to go until Spring Break. Holy moly, next week might feel even longer!! But I certainly am loving all the fun things I get to teach for spring! Last weekend Mrs. Ayala posted the sweetest little ladybug family picture that she found in her backyard...most of you are aware by now of my themed family obsession! So I just had to create a ladybug family.

My students really enjoyed the labeling activities that I created to go along with the gingerbread family in December, so the ladybug family has a lot of those similar activities.

I started off by projecting the labeled ladybug picture onto the big screen and we discussed the different parts of the ladybug. 
 We talked about how the thorax and the abdomen make up the body. 

Then I gave my students their own labeling sheet and had them complete it on their own. They did a really great job! Here's my sample:

Then we used what we learned about ladybugs to make our ladybug families. I had my students use thumbprints for the body because I was upset that we didn't get to use them for our groundhog families! But I'm also planning on putting the step-by-step ladybug drawing directions in our art center for them to use.
I always tell my students that they need to draw the same amount of "objects" as members in their family but that never happens...haha!

Because {yes, typed it correctly!!} it's Friday, and what's a Friday without something free?? You can click {here} for the ladybug family template free!

Next week we are going to read The Grouchy Ladybugand make a little ladybug craftivity/telling time book. Our math text is finally introducing time. {Like I haven't been doing that all along!}

And finally, we'll write about what makes us grouchy. Can't wait for that!!!

You can get a copy of all these activities at my TpT store and TN shop for only $3.50!



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32 comments:

  1. I absolutely love your "family" obsession!! thanks for sharing! :)

    ♥ Jen
    The Teacher's Cauldron

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  2. This is absolutely adorable!! I have added it to my TPT wishlist!!


    Miss J
    Smiles, Crayons, and Endless Stories

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  3. Your ladybugs are too cute! Thanks for the Friday Freebie :)

    Have a good weekend!
    Shannon
    Kindergarten Hoppenings

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  4. I love ladybugs. This is adorable!!

    Jodi
    fun-in-first.blogspot.com

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  5. I absolutely love your family obsession! They are all super cute! Can't wait to use this one. Thanks!

    Laura

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  6. Ohhhhh that finger print draw a ladybug idea is precious! Now I just need some ladybug luck to rub off on me so I can win the Mega Millions! Enjoyed reading your post.

    Sheila

    http://www.sprinkleteachingmagic.blogspot.com/

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  7. Adorable! I love The Grouchy Ladybug!!! We write about what makes us grouchy every year, and then I take pictures of the kids' "grouchy faces" and I display them next to their writing. These always turn out so funny! Have a great weekend! :-)

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  8. Super cute. Thank you so much!

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  9. Ahhh! Love the cute ladybugs! Thanks for sharing and hope you make it through next week. We start spring break next Thursday afternoon - FI.NAL.EEE!

    ❤Tanya
    Ms. Solano's Kindergarten

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  10. Thanks for sharing. I've been meaning to check this packet out all week. We did some insect activities last week and we're doing some more next week. I got ladybug larvae on Friday. We'll see how that goes. Hopefully they aren't full grown ladybugs on Monday when we get back to school. We have another week until spring break too. It's been so hard.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

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  11. I love ladybugs. I would agree that this week was the LONGEST week. We are now officially on spring break...that might have had something to do with it!?!? Going to check out that fun unit!! THANKS!
    Robynn
    BusyBees

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  12. This is a great idea! Thank you! :)

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  13. Love the ladybugs. Thanks for sharing them.

    Donna

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  14. VERY CUTE!! I love all your "family" activities!!

    Jennifer
    The First Grade Dream

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  15. This is really cute. I am coming to you from CAn Do Kinders today. Thanks.
    Megan
    mhorman@north-cedar.k12.ia.us

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  16. oh my gosh, sosososo cute! And not just 'cause I'm partial to ladybugs, but because it is darling!!! ;)

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  17. I just saw this and it is adorable! My kids are obsessed with catching lady bugs right now! Michelle

    Apples and ABC's

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  18. Your ladybug family is SO SO CUTE! Thank you for sharing!!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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  19. I love the ladybug unit stuff! Thanks for sharing your skills!

    kelly brown

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  20. Cute ladybug activities! Just added them to my wishlist on TPT! :)

    -Bethany
    Learning is a Journey

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  21. Oops I missed this one! Loooooove the thumbprint ladybugs!!

    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  22. we did the ladybug family today - my kids loved them!! we practiced "multiplying" by 5s - so cute!

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  23. This is so cute. Thank you for sharing. I am linking your idea on my Friday Favorites today.

    Sue
    theverybusykindergarten

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  24. Saw this from my friend Jen...we will also use it to practice multiplying next math unit! My students will LOVE the thumbprints...thanks for sharing!

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  25. These activities are beyond adorable. I needed a couple more activities for ladybugs this week and these are just perfect! :)

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