Currently, Kohl’s department stores are selling Eric Carle books for $5 each. They are hardcover books so that’s quite a steal! Eric Carle is one of our favorite authors so I plan to feature several of his books in the next week– so if you’ve already bought some of those books, you’ll be ready to go!
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle is one of the books being offered at Kohl’s. The Grouchy Ladybug is a mean little bug who never says please or thank you and challenges everyone to a fight- no matter their size!
I know that a grouchy ladybug trying to fight everyone doesn’t sound like a positive message to send to your kids. I found, however, that the underlying message was good. Instead of preaching at kids, this book shows kids how their choices affect them.
After reading the book, we made a paper plate ladybug craft. We painted one plate black and a smaller plate red. After they dried we stuck on black felt circles and pipe cleaners for legs and antenna.
With older children, Eric Carle books can be a great source for discussing a variety of texts. In the beginning of “The Grouchy Ladybug”, Carle includes some informational text about aphids. You could use this paragraph as a mentor text. Read the paragraph with your child and show them how Carle creates a topic sentence with supporting details. Fill in a web like the one below to show your child each of the details Eric Carle gives about aphids.
With early writers, a fun extension could be to write an expository paragraph about bugs. You could use pictures of bugs or toy bugs if you have them. Allow your child to choose a bug to write about. You could read a few nonfiction books about the bug they choose- or simply have them examine the bug. For example, by examining a ladybug, your child can tell that the bug has:
- 6 legs
- black spots
Each of those things can be placed on the web and then turned into a detail sentence about ladybugs.
By the way, we purchased our books from Kohl’s – I’m just letting you in on a good deal– not advertising for Kohl’s!
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