Hand out and read the poem or story problem about ladybugs:
Ladybugs come in every shape and size.
Hand out the ladybug pieces. Students use a large red circle as the body of a ladybug, one black circle as the head, and other black circles as the ladybug's spots. Students will draw on their ladybugs (if not pre-drawn) a black line to bisect the ladybug's body into two equal sections (left and right) that are the ladybug's wings.
Next, students glue black circle heads on top of the red circles. Then they add spots to each wing and glue them in place.
Finally, students fill in the correct numbers on the work sheet so that the numbers in the story problem correlate to the spots on their ladybugs. Then they can glue the ladybugs and the story problems to a large piece of construction paper. Instruct students to write the total number of spots under their ladybugs. Glue the ladybugs so that they may be lifted and the answer revealed.
Evaluate students on the correctness of their ladybug story problems.
Krista Weiss, Gettysburg Elementary School, Gettysburg, Ohio
Originally published 03/22/2002
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