This week I’m using this super cute book, “The Very Lazy Ladybug” by Isobel Finn, in therapy with some of my younger students.  I created some pictures to pair with the book; as well as, some follow up questions.  Then we made some ladybugs to finish off the lesson!

This book is great to work on building up vocabulary, sequencing, and answering questions.  I start off by having the student look at the front of the book and put the book picture on the front cover.  On the first page, we talk about “who” the story is about.  Then I have one of my students find the ladybug picture and attach it to the book. 

This Lazy Ladybug likes to sleep all day and all night!  I model that action verb sleep with the students.  Have your student find the sleeping ladybug and attach it to the book.  If your student has an AAC device you can model “ladybug sleep”.    

Now the fun begins when the ladybug travels from animal to animal!  I love the visuals in this book.  I have the student find the animal picture that matches who the ladybug land on.  For example, the ladybug hopped into the kangaroo’s pouch.  I had the student find the picture of the kangaroo and place it in the book.  Then I ask “where is the ladybug?”  I had my students point to the little ladybug in the pouch.  I modeled “in pouch”.  The other great feature of this book is to model what the animals do.  You can have your students hop like a kangaroo. 

Next the ladybug hopped on to the tiger’s back.  I asked my student “whose back did the ladybug hop onto?”  You can always give your student a choice of answers.  Such as “monkey or tiger”.  The student can hopefully select the tiger picture and attach it into the book. 

You can continue to model the animal concepts, where the ladybug lands, and what the animals do.  For example, we scratched our ears like the bear.  My students thought it was so funny!

This book is also great to use to work on sequencing.  I created some larger animal pictures that you can use to sequence as you read the book or even after you finish the book.  If my goal is to target sequencing then I model those sequencing terms throughout the book.  “first kangaroo, second tiger, third crocodile, and fourth monkey”  You can have your students place the larger pictures on the table as you read the story.  Then each time you can review the animals before adding a new one.  You could try to have your students remember the order of all the animals at the end.    

After we finished reading the book I had some of my students complete the worksheet, some students made ladybugs, and some of my groups were able to do both.  It really depends on your students’ skill level and what you want to target during the session.  For my student working on answering questions I had them use the worksheets.  The visual field of 3 answers helped my students answer the questions.  You can even turn back into the book if your student needs more support.

My students made cute ladybugs after we finished the book.  Start out with a large black circle for the body and the same size red circle cut in half for the wings.  First, my students requested the big black circle.  Next they requested 2 red wings.  Glue the wings onto the black circle.   

Add the medium black circle for the head.  Then we added 2 eyes and a mouth.  Make sure your students are requesting all the parts for the ladybug! 

We counted out 6 small black circles for the spots on the ladybug.  At the end we added the antennas.  Now our ladybugs can fly just like the ladybug in the book!

If you are interested in a Free copy of the book visuals and follow-up questions click the link – The Very Lazy Ladybug

Sarah Allen, MA CCC-SLP

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