Life Cycle of a Ladybug
Lesson 2 of 5
Objective: Predict and then model the life cycle of an ant by completing a graphic organizer and then comparing it to the prediction.
Earlier in the year, we completed a unit on animal life cycles. As a way to engage my students, I had them complete a Ladybug life cycle prediction, and seal it in an envelope. I told them that at the end of the lesson, we would check the predictions and there would be a sticker for all correct predictions. Nothing like a friendly competition to get students engaged!
I created the PowerPoint, Life Cycle of a Ladybug, because I wanted a way to engage my students through images and videos to help them get a deeper understanding of the ladybug's life cycle and the content vocabulary they needed to know in order to embrace the new content. My students use a modified Frayer Vocabulary Model, to further their understanding of the content vocabulary.
After taking notes and exploring the life cycle, I wanted my students to put all of the stages together and show it as a "cycle". I created the Life Cycle of a Ladybug Focus Page for them to place the stages in order. The students completed the page independently, and then we reviewed it together.
Class Discussion/Wrap Up
Reviewing the life cycle and then checking it against their predictions, helped my students better explain the life cycle phenomena to each other. Many thought their there was a nymph stage and most did not know that the ladybug goes through a metamorphosis.