for Ladybug Day
The students will write a limerick.
what a limerick is by using one of the aforementioned
web sites. Read some examples of limericks.
the students to list some words which they associate
with ladybugs. For example - red, spots, wings,
fly, insect, etc. Record these on the chart
paper or blackboard. This will help the students
start to think of ideas for their class limerick.
as a class, create a limerick with a ladybug as the
subject. The first line could be "There
once was a ladybug." As an integral part of
writing the limerick, brainstorm words which rhyme
with bug. When the 3rd line of the poem is
decided, brainstorm words which rhyme with the ending
word. This will help the students come up with
the remaining lines.
the class limerick is complete, continue and write
more ladybug limericks. The students may then
illustrate the limericks. Older students may
work individually or in pairs to write their own
ladybug limericks. Compile these into a class
a phonics lesson on the ee- sound since a ladybug is a
a lesson on compound words, using ladybug as a
starting point. Have ladybug shapes in which the
students write the first part of a compound word on
one wing and the second part on the other wing.
some nonfiction books about ladybugs and have the
students each write a ladybug fact on a
"spot". These spots may be circles cut
from black construction paper to be glued onto a large
classroom ladybug. The students will need to
write their facts in white crayon or white colored
pencil in order to show up on the black paper.
(This may be combined with a science lesson.)