Ladybug Life Cycle Gatefold Card
Make a quick report of a Ladybug's life cycle using a gate fold card and die-cuts.
Gate-Fold: Create fun gate-fold cards to outline the stages of the ladybug life cycle. For further study, students can identify the characteristics present at each stage of development, understanding that each stage leads to the next in the circle of life. Showcase these cards by displaying them on the science bulletin board for Open House.
Students will complete a short report on the life cycle of a Ladybug.
Supplies Used: Construction Paper, Double-Sided Tape, Glue, Markers, Pen, Scissors
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Using an 9" x 7" piece of green cardstock or construction paper, fold the two ends inwards to create a gate-fold card.
- Print information regarding a ladybug's life cycle on a white 4 1/4" x 6" piece of paper, and adhere to the inside of the card using glue, double-sided tape or other adhesive (Figure A).
- Computer or hand-print the words "Ladybug Life Cycle" vertically down the left front fold of the card.
- Die-cut any small Ladybug using black and red cardstock or construction paper. Embellish the Ladybug and adhere to the inside of the card (Figure B).
- Die-cut two larger Ladybugs #1 using black and red paper and embellish. Fold the completed Ladybugs in half vertically (Figure C).
- Attach the folded half of one Ladybug to the inside of the left fold. Attach the folded half of the second Ladybug to the inside of the right fold (Figure D).
- When the card is closed, the pulls that open the card look like a complete Ladybug (Figure E).
- When the card is opened, three complete Ladybugs will appear (see Main Photo).
- Figure A
- Figure B
- Figure C
- Figure D
- Figure E
Science: Life Science
As a result of the activities in grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of the life cycles of organisms.
As a result of the activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding of reproduction and heredity.
Source: National Science Education Standards