Ladybugs Research DIGITAL Library Center


Grade Levels:
2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, and 5th Grade

Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Teaching Duration:
All year long, but most appropriate for spring, summer, or early autumn

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Your students can learn firsthand about metamorphosis and the different life cycle stages of insects by observing ladybugs at this research center designed for online / blended learning with Google Classroom.

Elementary students will formulate and answer questions at this research library center using a live ladybug terrarium kit.

This is the DIGITAL version of the center, designed for use with Google Classroom or other online learning management systems. Each student receives a Research Notebooks that they “turn in” digitally for feedback and assessment.

This 49-page research center is completely editable, and includes:

  • Ladybugs Observation and Research Library Center printable sign with learning targets and “I will” statement directions, and standards addressed
    • Editable in Google Slides format
    • ​​Easy-to-print PDF file format also included
    • ​​Landscape and portrait versions
    • Applicable standards listed from:
      • Select AASL National School Library Standards (2018),
      • National Common Core Standards for English Language Arts, and
      • Pennsylvania Core Standards (ELA).
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Lesson Plan in Google Docs format and Microsoft Word .docx file format, aligned to:
    • 2018 AASL National School Library Standards for Learners, 
    • National Common Core ELA Standards, and
    • Pennsylvania Core ELA Standards
  • 4 Digital Observation and Research Notebooks for students to take notes and answer questions
    • Editable in Google Docs format
    • Differentiated citation requirements in each version:
      • Beginner – 1 resource required, not in citation format
      • Intermediate – 1 resource citation required in MLA (or other) format
      • Advanced – 2 resources required: 1 in MLA (or other) citation format and 1 with basic information
      • Expert – 2 resource citations required in MLA (or other) format
    • Video read-aloud directions linked in Google Doc and in .mp4 file format for students to review the center directions or catch up if they were absent.
    • PDF files are also included for use with Canvas, Schoology, or other learning management systems.
    • Any of the Research Notebooks can be used with students in various grades or at different ability levels to differentiate your instruction.
  • “How to Write a Resource Citation” tutorial/help signs for writing elementary-friendly MLA citations
    • Editable in Google Docs format
    • Easy-to-print PDF file format also included
    • ​Includes citation examples for books/ebooks, databases, and other general websites using
  • BONUS!  Library Centers Routine Sign
  • Supplies List with links for where to purchase the ladybug terrarium or ladybug garden, and live larvae (included in the preview)
  • Video directions for setting up your center and grading student work in Google Classroom. 
  • Teacher Notes with more resources and information to help you set up and use the library center in a new or existing library centers structure.

Resource Requirements: ​You will need access to books, ebooks, and/or online websites about ladybugs for students to complete their research.  I have included ​both print books and online databases in the bibliography section of the Research Notebooks, but ​a collection of reliable websites would also suffice depending on your students’ needs and research skills level.

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Standards Addressed:

AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text. 

  • Inquire – A.1. – A.2. – B.1. – B.3. – C.1. – D.1. – D.2.
  • Collaborate – A.2. – B.1. – B.2. – D.1.
  • Curate – A.1. – A.2. – A.3. – B.1. – C.1.
  • Explore – A.1. – C.1. 
  • Engage – A.1. – A.2. – A.3. – B.1. – B.2.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards – 
© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.5.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.7.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.8.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.5.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.7.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.9.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.8.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.7.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.9.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.8.

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