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Volume 4 Number 5

Too many people in the general public continue to think that teaching is a job that anyone can do. Wrong! Teaching is a special calling. Teaching is a mission.
Overworked and Under- appreciated - A Tribute to Teachers...
Overworked and Under-appreciated - A Tribute to Teachers by Don Quimby
Learning Simulations Add to Classroom Lessons by Lanny Sorenson
14 Steps to Teacher Assertiveness - How to cope with difficult parents, principals and staff members by Mike Moore
Early Years Are Learning Years - Learning through Water Play from: National Association for the Education of Young Children
Pupil Personality Profile by P R Guruprasad
End of Year Gift Ideas for Young Students from the Teachers.Net Kindergarten Chatboard
Millionaires Receive Tax Break While More Children Enter Poverty fromThe Children's Defense Fund
Eating Disorders: A Multi-Discipline Approach to the Kate Moss "Wispy Waif " Syndrome by Dr. Catherine Sagan
Editor's epicks for May by Kathleen Alape Carpenter
A Note To Young Immigrants by Mitali Perkins
Ladybug Poems and Activities from the Teachers.Net Community
A Step by Step Writing Guide for Students - Writing About a Character (Fourth Grade) by Barbara D. Martin
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May Regular Features
May Informational Items
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Ladybug Poems and Activities

Ladybug Theme Math & Writing Activities

From We're Going Buggy: A unit of ideas!
Compiled by Jill/K/OK and posted in the Teachers.Net Lessons Bank

Math Center

Ladybug Math: Cut two ladybug shapes out of red construction paper. Cut 30 dots out of black construction paper. Set out the shapes, dots, and two dice. Have first child roll one of the dice. Invite her to count the dots on the die and place the matching number of dots on her ladybug. Now other child rolls the die, counts dot, and places matching number on his ladybug. Continue to take turns until all dots are gone.

Ladybug Math #2: Cut ladybug shapes out of red felt. Put on different numbers of sticker dots to represent their black dots. Make matching cards with ladybugs drawn on them with the same number of dots on them [for matching].

Ladybug Math #3: Cut ladybugs out of construction paper. [Draw or glue on] different numbers of black dots. Put a piece of Velcro on each ladybug. [Write corresponding numerals] on circles and put a piece of Velcro on the back of each. Match the number of dots on each ladybug to the correct numeral [by attaching the correct circle].

Writing Center

What bugs you?? After reading The Very Grouchy Ladybug, invite children to draw [to the prompt, "What bugs you?" Invite child to write or dictate what they drew. As an extension, you could post this on ladybug shaped paper.

The Ladybug

Contributed by Jean Roberts

When strolling through the garden
If you should chance to see
A ladybug out walking,
Please say 'Hi!' for me.
For a ladybug is a good bug,
And she helps the garden grow.
She's supposed to bring good luck,
So be sure to say "Hello!"

Ladybug Action Poem

Submitted by Lori
(From Mailbox Magazine, April/May 1995)

Little red ladybug sits on a leaf.
She sits on a leaf on a tree.
And as she sits on that little green leaf,
There are so many friends to see!

Little yellow bumblebees buzz by the leaf.
They buzz by the leaf on the tree.
And as they buzz by that little green leaf,
There are so many friends to see!

[Continue, substituting different insects and have children act out.]

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