Reflection: Lesson Planning Ladybugs - Section 3: Direct Instruction


The lessons that I created for this unit on butterflies, moths and ladybugs all have a similar structure.  There is an opening activity, a Smartboard lesson, a student book and some type of closing.  This wasn't just laziness in planning on my part.  I really wanted to keep the lessons structured in a similar fashion for a reason. 

These lessons are being taught at the end of the school year.  As you can imagine, it is more than a bit crazy at this time of year.  Our schedule seems to have disappeared as our days are filled with special events and activities.  This is all fun, but I still want to get some serious learning in.  For this reason, I structured these lesson to be similar.  They are very predictable for the students.  This is important as we struggle through the daily chaos of our classroom.  I structure many of my lessons in a similar fashion in the fall when things are a bit crazy as well  This seems to work really well for my students.  They know what is going to happen, so they do not waste a great deal of cognitive energy trying to figure it all out.  I plan to continue this strategy in the fall and spring and throughout the school year, whenever things get a little crazy!

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Unit 9: Exploring Insects
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: Students will be able to identify characteristics of ladybugs by creating a book.

Big Idea: Those little speckled bugs sure are cute. Students learn about the characteristics of ladybugs in this lesson. They also learn how to discern them from Asian Beetles.

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Science, Science Skills, ELL, insects
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