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Jodi's Classroom Favorites

A collection of my favorite picture, short story, and chapter books that I hope to house in my classroom library!

The Grouchy Ladybug - Eric Carle

The Grouchy Ladybug is a beautiful story! It follows the day of a very grouchy ladybug that wants to fight with EVERYONE. I think that students will definitely relate to that feeling. The illustrations that accompany the text draws young readers in and sparks their interest. There are several pages of various sizes; I think that this gives the book an interactive feel for younger readers. I can see myself using this book in so many ways in my classroom! I would love to incorporate this into a science unit about ladybugs. I think it would be fun to order a ladybug habitat and allow the students to study the life cycle of the ladybug. Because this book is largely about grumpiness and aggression, I would ask my students to write about a time when they might have felt this way and ask them how they overcame it! I would also construct a sequencing center activity to accompany this title. 


Guided Reading - L

Lexile - 560L

DRA - 20

AR - 2.8