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Math Lesson
for Ladybug Day
Objective:
The students will form fact families
of addition and subtraction equations.

Materials

Procedure

Discuss
fact families and how they are 4 number equations that
involve the same 3 numbers. Give examples such
as:
2+3=5
3+2=5
53=2
52=3

Pass
out the Ladybug Printouts and paper. Have the
students cut out the ladybugs. They should then
write their own fact families using the ladybugs as
manipulatives. If needed, give each student 3
numbers to create their fact family.

They
may then glue the ladybugs on the paper next to each
equation for illustration. For example, the
equation 3+1=4 would have a group of 3 ladybugs glued
next to a group of 1 ladybug. The equation 43=1
would have 4 ladybugs glued on the paper and 3 of them
crossed off with a pencil or crayon.

Other
Lesson Ideas

Read
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle and have a
lesson on telling time.

Give
every student a ladybug shape (red oval) and black
spots to use as manipulatives for math problems.
The black spots could be black construction paper
circles, black buttons, dried black beans, etc.
Problems such as "A lady bug has 3 spots on each
wing. How many spots are there altogether?"
can be given by the teacher.

Have
a lesson on symmetry since ladybugs wings are
symmetrical.

Ladybugs
are about 1/4" long. Have a lesson on 1/4 
How many ladybugs would be 1" long, 2" long,
etc.

Go
on a nature "Shape Walk". Using an
oval ladybug as a starting point, see how many other
shapes the students can find in nature.


