My class has been observing the life cycle of ladybugs and I wanted to add new dimension after I overheard a student say " I didn't know that ladybugs don't really do much." Well, I thought I would try to change his perception with an investigation where they get to predict what would happen.
I created the PowerPoint, Ladybug Investigation, in order to guide my students through the anatomy of a ladybug as well as to engage them through the use of images and film clips. The PowerPoint also ensures that my students are interacting with the lesson and each other by discussing the content presented.
I created the ladybug investigation lab sheet, as a guide for my students during this lesson. They predict, observe draw and write their findings. We added the lettuce and then observed the ladybugs eating the lettuce. I used the document camera to really zoom in on the action. I think the Th most important concept I want my students to take away from this lesson is that they need to be independent thinkers. They may, or may not, have the same hypothesis as their team but that's absolutely acceptable. Here is an example of a completed ladybug labsheet.
I believe that it is imperative to regroup and discuss what we've done. It gives the students a purpose. They know that they are accountable for their work. The students completed their lab sheet and also completed the investigation notes from their Ladybug Journal that we have been updating throughout the lesson and unit. Here is a completed Ladybug investigation note page. Even days after the investigation, students were still fascinated by the ladybugs eating lettuce.