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Ladybug, Ladybug

At the beginning of March, I went to Insect Lore (the great company that makes the Butterfly Garden ~ they're about 20 minutes from my home) and bought the Ladybug Lodge.  This was the first year we did the ladybugs, and the kids really enjoyed them.

Insect Lore doesn't ship ladybugs between March 1st and the end of May, but I was lucky enough to get them at their store.  If you need ladybugs during those months, you can usually buy them at a good garden supply/nursery, where they're sold for release into your garden.

We fed them raisins and aphids from my rose bushes, observed them with magnifying glasses and recorded what we saw, and released them after 3 weeks.

by Maria Fleming

Ladybugs all dressed in red
Strolling through the flowerbed.
If I were tiny just like you
I'd creep among the flowers too!

Five Little Ladybugs

Five little ladybugs, climbing on some plants,
Eating the aphids, but not the ants!
The first one said: "Save some aphids for me!"
The second one said: "These are tasty as can be!"
The third one said: "Oh, they're almost gone!"
The fourth one said: "Then it's time to move on!
The fifth one said: "Come on, let's fly!"
So they opened their wings and flew through the sky.

Little Red Bug
by Susan M. Paprocki

Little red bug, oh so cute,
Here's a black spot for your suit.
Now you go and have some fun
With your spot, your very first one.

Little red bug, oh so cute,
Here's a black spot for your suit.
It's so nice to own a few,
So enjoy these lovely two.

Little red bug, oh so cute,
Here's a black spot for your suit.
We are very pleased to see
How nice you look with all three.

Little red bug, oh so cute,
Here's a black spot for your suit.
You might feel that you need more,
So we proudly give you four.

Little red bug, oh so cute,
Here's a black spot for your suit.
Heaven, heaven, sakes alive,
Look at you, you're wearing five!

This is a fun poem to use with the flannelboard.
Cut a ladybug shape out of red felt and make 5 black spots.
Add the spots as you recite the poem.

* scroll down for more songs, poems, activities, and links *


Ladybugs ~ Teacher's Guide
An integrated GEMS unit for young children
Great Explorations in Math and Science
The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley

The publisher says:  "This unit capitalizes on a child's delight with ladybugs to present key science and math concepts. The children engage in five main activities that help them learn more about ladybug body structure and symmetry, life cycle, defensive behavior, and foods. Math is an important part of this unit and role-playing is interwoven with the activities. Two colorful posters of ladybugs are included. In the last activity, "Ladybugs Rescue the Orange Trees," children learn about the environmental role of ladybugs. Time: Thirteen 45- to 60-minute sessions."  Book, 99 pages, 19 b&w photos, numerous illustrations, seven posters including three fold-out and two color posters.  Highly recommended!

The Grouchy Ladybug
An outstanding book for teaching the concepts of time and relative size.
20% off publisher's price!
Also available in a hardcover edition, at 30% off.

You can make a great travel pack by adding a Grouchy Ladybug Doll.
This adorable plush ladybug is approximately 3 x 5 inches, and fun to cuddle.
My students take her home with the book and a miniature Judy clock,
to help tell the story.

The Ladybug and Other Insects
A First Discovery Book from Scholastic

What About Ladybugs?
by Celia Godwin

Ladybug, Ladybug
Wonderful rhythm and rhyme build phonemic awareness
Under $5

Eye Spy a Ladybug! A Lift the Flap Book
A fun peek-a-boo board book that will stand up to lots of little hands in a center!
Under $5

Fire Chief Ladybug:  Pull Back and Go! Books
It's a book! It's a toy! It's a four-wheelin' bug book!  Join these adorable bugs in their fast-paced adventures in Bugtown -- just pull 'em back and watch 'em GO! Children will love helping Fire Chief Ladybug dash around Bugtown in search of fires to put out!  Another inexpensive book that will stand up to lots of loving hands.

Ladybug ~ Portable Pets
The heavy-duty pages are layered and cut into the shape of
a ladybug, complete with legs.
Terrific in a center and under $5

The Ladybug (Life Cycles)
by Sabrina Crewe
Under $5

A Ladybug's Life (Nature Up Close)
by John Himmelman
Amazon has sold 1.3 million copies of this book in the past 12 months!

Ladybug (Beasty Books)
by Charles Fuge

Lucky Ladybug
Another fun book to put in your ladybug center, and it fits in the palm of your hand!
Kids will love pressing the toy ladybug to make her squeak
as they read this adorable rhyming story.
Under $3

Pet Bugs
A Kid's Guide to Catching & Keeping Touchable Insects
a great resource book!

More Pet Bugs
A Kid's Guide to Catching & Keeping Insects
And Other Small Creatures

Ladybird Beetles
( Tune: Jolly Old St. Nicholas)

 Ladybirds have spots or stripes
 They're yellow, red or green;
 They love to live where there are weeds;
 Around the world they're seen.
 They're in the beetle family
 And that is no surprise,
 Though some folks call them "ladybugs"
 Or even "ladyflies."

 They lay their eggs upon a leaf;
 Their larva is quite small
 With little legs; the pupa stage
 Hangs on a leaf or wall.
 Their favorite food is aphid pests--
 They eat a lot each day;
 And from their legs a fluid comes
 That drives their foes away.

 Each beetle has six jointed legs
 With which it walks or clings;
 It also has two separate pairs
 Of very special wings;
 The first pair is quite hard and tough,
 Protecting what's below:
 Transparent wings that it can use
 To fly where it should go.

 About a hundred years ago
 An awful insect pest
 Was spoiling California's fruit--
 The farmers had no rest--
 Till someone had a great idea
 And from Australia came
 A beetle that would save the crop:
 The ladybird by name.

      © Suzy Gazlay

* Ladybug Links *

Lady Bugs

Nuttin' But Kids Ladybug Page
      songs, fingerplays, art, and centers

Using Live Insects in Elementary Classrooms
      20 Lesson Plans from the University of Arizona
     for grades K ~ 3

I Love Ladybugs! Unit for K ~ 1
       don't miss the ladybug song this class wrote!

Ladybug Lane
        great links

Entomology for Beginners
     interactive site about insect anatomy and metamorphosis

Go To:

[ Ants ] [ Lady Bugs ]  [ Bees ]

[ Caterpillars & Butterflies ]  [ Creepy Crawly Bugs ]

Spiders ~ Coming Soon!

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