Ladybugs & Life Cycles

Grades Pre K - 2

Explore the Big Lab’s Exploration Grove! Students will make observations about the bamboo garden and pond while investigating insects and learning about life cycles!

Learning Goals and Activities

See below for questions your students may ask, and the scientific activities that will help them explore, explain, and elaborate on their understanding of ladybugs and life cycles.

What is the anatomy of a ladybug? How are ladybugs the same as other insects?
Discussion of insect anatomy.

What do baby ladybugs (larva) look like? Do ladybugs look the same their whole life?
Discussion of insect life cycles.

What is an ecosystem?
Exploration of the living and non-living things in the pond and bamboo garden.

Can ladybugs swim? Can ladybugs climb? How many spots does a ladybug have? Are all ladybugs red?
Hands-on investigation with hundreds of live ladybugs.

Life Sciences: 2.a, 2.b, 2.c
Investigation and Experimentation: 4.a, 4.b, 4.d

1st Grade
Life Sciences: 2.a, 2.b, 2.c
Investigation and Experimentation: 4.b, 4.d, 4.e

2nd Grade
Life Sciences: 2.a, 2.c, 2.d
Investigation and Experimentation: 4.a, 4.b, 4.c, 4.d