By Sparking Children’s Thinkibility
Grades Kindergarten – 5th Biology, Visual art, Crtitical Thinking
Ladybugs are deliful creatures and they are found all over the world. There are 22-spotted yellow ladybugs and striped ladybugs.
There are also lots of things to be excited about when looking at the life-cycle of ladybugs. And many students love to think about the different stages.
When a ladybird flies it opens its wings that are under hidden under its elytra. The Elytra is the hard shell that protects the ladybird. The elytra are symmetrical. Every time a ladybird has finished flying it has to fold the wings back underneath the elytra.
This construction can be very useful when you are designing a helmet or playhat. Instead of always carrying a raincoat with you when you go for a bike ride, imagine that a raincover opens up like an umbrella under the helmet. Windshields blades could appear on the sunglasses, the ladybirds’ antenna inspired this idea.
We made a template that we used to sketch some design ideas for a ladybird helmet. Biomimicry is a great way to encourage children to draw and illustrate their ideas. Pastels were used on a black paper.
This package contains:
- Can you identify the different stages?
- What is the connection between a larva and a ladybug?
- What do larvae and ladybugs eat?
- Fun Facts
- Metamorphosis Poem
- Ladybugs words – make your own dictionary
- Ask the larva Sparkling Questions about pupa and ladybugs
- Larvae are. . .
- Ladybugs are. . .
- Life cycle
- When is a ladybug a ladybug? Make a tally
- Can you fill in the different parts of the ladybug
- My Ladybug Gallery
- Ladybugs and aphids, and ladybugs everywhere
- Think diving for a ladybug detective – pest control
- Think diving for a ladybug detective – ladybugs wings
- Reflection – assessment
- How to use biomimicry in the classroom – VIsual art – Lady bug helmet
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