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The Grouchy Ladybug
Math, Language Arts
Title – The Grouchy Ladybug
By – Kyelea Coring
Primary Subject – Math
Secondary Subjects – Language Arts
Grade Level – 1
Time – 30-45 minute
Materials needed:The Grouchy Ladybug
- by Eric Carle
- Response clocks (see attached instructions) for each student
- Large poster board clock for the teacher
- Paper and pencils
- Various coloring utensils
- Follow the story, connecting print to pictures.
- Show understanding of time to the hour, using response clocks.
- Create a sentence modeled by the book.
- Write using correct spelling of known words, have words spaced correctly, use capitals, and punctuations appropriately.
- Use invented spelling for words they don’t know but wish to express.
- Follow directions.
Idaho State Standards met:
- 1.M.2.1.3 Tell time to the hour.
- 1.LA.2.1.2 Participate in connecting the information and events in texts to self and to the world.
- 1.LA.2.1.3 Participate in drawing conclusions based on information gathered from pictures and print.
- 1.LA.4.4.2 Participate in writing or drawing a response to a literature selection that identifies the main characters.
- 1.LA.5.1.1 Print legibly.
- 1.LA.5.2.2 Use invented spelling to spell independently.
- 1.LA.5.2.1 Spell correctly Grade 1 high-frequency words.
- 1.LA.5.3.1 Write a complete sentence with words spaced appropriately.
- 1.LA.5.4.1 Capitalize the first word in a sentence, names of people, and the pronoun.
- 1.LA.5.4.2 Use periods at the end of sentences, and identify question marks and exclamation points.
- 1.LA.6.1.1 Demonstrate effective and appropriate listening skills using eye contact and maintaining attention to speaker.
- 1.LA.6.1.3 Listen and follow one and two-step oral directions.
- The teacher will introduce
The Grouchy Ladybug
- by Eric Carle and conduct a picture walk to familiarize the students with this book. Next, the teacher shall discuss how Eric Carle shows the literary passing of time through the movement of the sun and the growth of the print and pages.
- The teacher will demonstrate to the students how to use the response clocks and conduct a short review of the previous day’s lesson on how to read an analog clock. The teacher will explain that the students are to show on their response clocks what time the ladybug encounters each animal as she completes each page. She will also show the time on a large clock that she will have up front. The teacher will read the book, pausing for response from students and to set the large clock. After the students set their clocks, they will hold the clocks up for the teacher to see. The teacher then checks all the clocks for accuracy.
- After the book is finished, the teacher will introduce the next part of the lesson. In this second part, tell the students to imagine their favorite animal and write a sentence in which the ladybug meets it. Have them choose a time that this is to occur. The students will be provided with a piece of paper and coloring supplies. The students will draw a clock in the upper right hand corner of the page to represent the time, as modeled in the book. They will then create an illustration to accompany their sentence and clock. The papers can either be posted in the classroom or made into a big book for the class.
- The teacher will have a large poster board clock at the front of the class on which she will demonstrate the correct time for each page of the story. For the second half of the lesson, the teacher will conduct a review of writing a complete sentence and showing how one is constructed. The teacher will demonstrate how to set up the page with a clock in the upper right hand corner, sentence in the bottom half, and room left for a picture.
Check for understanding:
- During the reading of the book, the teacher will check for understanding about time by viewing the clocks that the students hold up. The teacher will be able to quickly see which students understand the concept and who needs to make corrections. For the first three pages, the teacher shall make corrections prior to displaying the correct time on the large clock so that all understand.
- To ensure understanding, during the writing and illustrating portion of the lesson, the teacher will walk the classroom and observe the students. If it is apparent that there is confusion concerning a portion of the lesson, that part shall be re-taught.
- In the second part of the lesson the students are to imagine their favorite animal and write a sentence in which the ladybug meets it. Have them choose a time that this is to occur. The students will be provided with a piece of paper and coloring supplies. The students will draw a clock in the upper right hand corner of the page to represent the time, as modeled in the book. They will then create an illustration to accompany their sentence and clock. The papers can either be posted in the classroom or made in to a big book for the class.
- The students will share their sentence and illustration with the class. The students will be able to show what they have learned to the whole class and discuss their choice of time and animal.
- The teacher will be able to assess the students on how they participated in both parts of the lesson. Assessment can be made in how well they understand the telling of analog time, their grasp of proper sentence structure and ability to follow direction.
- All students should be able to participate in this lesson. Those with parapros should be assessed on what they are capable of doing.
- Carle, Eric.
The Grouchy Ladybug
- . New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1977.
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