Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ladybug Addition and Word Building

Happy Wednesday! Hope your week is going well so far. We have had a great week and we are sooooo excited about our student teacher starting TOMORROW! Yay!! This week we have been reading some Eric Carle books and moving onto some additional springtime fun activities. Our new reading series (Houghton-Mifflin) unit includes a big book on beetles. My boys LOVED this book! So, since I was planning on working with Eric Carle books a bit we tended to focus on ladybugs and The Grouchy Ladybug more than any other of his books.  If you've never read The Very Lazy Ladybug it's a great book to compare and contrast to the Grouchy Ladybug.

Here's a sampling of some of our ladybug and Eric Carle center activities this week. We are not quite finished with our writing center project, but so far I am loving it! I will be sharing those soon....they are so funny. 

For our abc/word center we are playing a word building game.  Each player chooses a vowel (red card) that they keep the entire game.  They draw two consonant letters from the cup (black cards) and try to build a word. If they can build a real word they are able to take a ladybug card from the stack. If they build a nonsense ladybug card. Whoever has the most ladybug cards when the cup is empty wins!

Our math center also had a new ladybug activity


Here's an example from my class, however I had some extra recording sheets from a previous year that we are using up. I updated the form for the link above.

My kids seem to love putting sentence cards and sentence strips together. In our chart and big book center they are making their own sentence chart using word cards related to Eric Carle's characters. There are also some of our popcorn word cards for them to choose from.
At the end of The Grouchy Ladybug story the fireflies come out to play! This seems to be one of my class' favorite parts! Today we read The Very Lonely Firefly and I put the book in our art center. I'm sharing some of the wonderful firefly works of art that were created today!

Well I hope you have enjoyed our ladybug and Eric Carle projects! On another note, I pinned the "meatball and spaghetti - leaving spaces in writing" chart that I posted about earlier this week. When I checked earlier today it had 444 repins! Wow! This blog has also had some new readers/followers.  How exciting! Thank you for reading, commenting and makes writing the blog even more fun!

                                                                                    Mrs. M


  1. I need to get the book The Lazy Ladybug. We use the same reading series and we're on that week as well. We read the Grouchy Ladybug today and the kids made addtion fact ladybugs. Love getting a peek in your classroom.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

    1. Yes...the Lazy Ladybug is a good one to keep on hand. =) I just love peeking into other classrooms too!

  2. This is just fabulous! Ladybugs are my favorite to shoes of course :) I am your newest follower!!!

    Little Miss Teacher

    1. I love ladybugs cute! Thanks for following!

  3. Thanks for joining my blog. I'm glad I visited yours too. I'm your newest follower! :)

    Cindy @ Primary Reading Party

  4. Great! I'm glad you stopped by...thanks for following!

  5. I just did a mini unit on ladybugs with my 3 year old over spring break--she is obsessed with ladybugs right now! I am getting ready to start a bug unit for my preschoolers! Love some these ladybug ideas... I am def going to have to create my own prek versions!

    P.S. I am your newest follower and a newbie blogger...come visit me sometime!


    1. Thank you for following! My kids just loved the ladybug activities this year! I'm heading over to check out your blog now =)


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