Are You a Grouchy Ladybug?

K, 1, 2

The students will participate in a read aloud, discussion, brainstorming, constructing a class book, sharing this class book, and role-playing focusing on the concepts of caring, sharing, cooperation, courtesy, and helpfulness through the child-friendly text of The Grouchy Ladybug. Adaptable for preschool.

PrintFive Sessions (one week)

The learner will:

  • listen to a read-aloud story.
  • tap prior knowledge to construct meaning.
  • compare and contrast feelings of animals in the story with their feelings.
  • identify acts of kindness in the story and real life.
  • create a class book using the writing process and language experience.
  • use problem solving and brainstorming to decide on another classroom with whom to collaborate.
  • participate in a shared reading experience with another classroom.
  • role-play situations in which they demonstrate acts of kindness and caring.
  • read-aloud copy of The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
  • The Grouchy Ladybug hand puppet (see ideas on Pinterest)
  • chart paper and markers
  • white construction paper for each child (9" x 12")
  • book binder and rings
  • student-made ladybug masks (paper plate) or costumes (butcher paper vest)
Teacher Preparation 

Optional: Students may make ladybug masks or costumes. This may be done in centers or as an activity between days one and two. A costume may be made from a red butcher paper vest that the students glue black circles to. A mask may be made from a paper plate with two red semi-circles affixed with a paper fastener. See Pinterest for puppet, mask, and costume ideas.

Home Connection 

Next week, the children will be readingThe Grouchy Ladybugby Eric Carle. This story focuses on a very grouchy ladybug and her relationship with a very friendly ladybug. Following our group reading, we will discuss the feelings of each ladybug and brainstorm a class list of ways that we can be kind to one another. Look for our list outside the classroom door and discuss it with your child during drop-off or pick-up. It might be fun to make a family list of ways that your family members can be kind to one another. This list would be perfect for posting on the refrigerator – perhaps with an accompanying illustration by your child!


 The Grouchy Ladybug, HarperTrophy, September 30, 1996, ISBN #0064434508

YouTube, Mr. 7 Yea! reads The Grouchy Ladybug






Assessment of lesson objectives will be accomplished through teacher observations of student participation, interaction between students, behavior, and role-playing with the ladybug masks in the Dramatic Play Center.

Cross Curriculum 

The children will share their time and develop a relationship with children in another classroom, and read and donate their original book to another class. They will discuss ways to show kindness to others and plan a philanthropic act.

Read about the service-learning project called Drew Students Feeding the Community by Charles R. Drew Transition Center students in Michigan who were taught using this Caring and Sharing with Eric Carle unit of lessons to guide student learning and action.

Mr. Craig is an educator at Charles R. Drew Transition Center: "In the teaching and managing of special needs adults in an inner-city urban setting, it is critical that the concept of service to the community and philanthropy be taught," said Craig. "Students gain a sense of purpose in what they do and can do."  

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.4 Define and give examples of selfishness and selflessness.
    2. Standard DP 02. Roles of Government, Business, and Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.2 Explain the difference between wants and needs.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 05. Philanthropy and Government
      1. Benchmark E.8 Describe classroom behaviors that help the students learn.