Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ladybug Research

The kindergartners in my district have been learning about and observing ladybugs. Here is what one campus put together as a kindergarten friendly research unit. This idea could be easily adapted for other animals, insects, or themes. 

The kids worked in small groups and rotated through stations. Each station takes about 15-20 minutes. The campus I observed had students do all of the stations in one day. When I used to do ladybug research with my students, I spread the station rotations out over several days or a week. 

At this station, students manipulated plastic ladybug lifecycle pieces and recreated the ladybug lifecycle on a paper plate. 

At this station, students labeled the parts of the ladybug.

At this station, students used hard drying clay to make ladybugs. When the ladybugs are dry, students will paint them. 

At this station, students drew pictures of a ladybug's habitat.

At this station, students look at and read books about ladybugs. Then they rate the books they looked at and read.

At this station, students went to and read a book about ladybugs and filled out a fun fact sheet about them. 

1 comment:

Kelley Dolling said...

These center ideas are FANTASTIC! I love the hands on aspect and that they are so science based. You helped me "think out of the box" tonight! Thank you for sharing!!

Kelley Dolling
Teacher Idea Factory