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Grades: K - 2

In the Ladybugs program, students get a chance to use their observation skills as they explore our pond and bamboo garden in Exploration Grove. They will discuss the parts and life cycle of insects, as the class constructs a large ladybug. Although observation is the focus of this program, our facilitators also guide students in hands-on investigations of real ladybugs.

General Outline of Program:
- Welcome to the Big Lab and an introduction to observation
- Explore Exploration Grove with magnifying glasses
- Discuss insect anatomy, life cycles, and ladybugs
- Investigate real ladybugs
- Explore how insects fly and construct ladybug gliders to drop off the Mega Tower

California State Science Standards related to program:
Life Sciences: 2.a, 2.b, 2.c

Investigation and Experimentation: 4.a, 4.b, 4.c, 4.d, 4.e

1st Grade
Life Sciences: 2.a, 2.b, 2.c

Investigation and Experimentation: 4.a, 4.b, 4.c, 4.d, 4.e

2nd Grade
Life Sciences: 2.a, 2.b, 2.c, 2.d, 2.e

Investigation and Experimentation: 4.a, 4.b, 4.c, 4.d, 4.e


Exploration Grove



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