Little Lady Bugs are going to tell a story using “who,” “what,” “where,” and “when.”
Group Story: Literacy/Community Building
Rhyme: Once a Lady Bug by Debbie Hasbrook
Materials Needed: Construction paper, glue, glitter, sheet protector, poster sheet, black marker, yellow pipe cleaner, scissors, and glue marker.
Circle time spot/placemat: For each child, 1 piece each of red and black construction paper, 1 yellow pipe cleaner, scissors, glue, and marker.
Children cut: 2 circles for eyes, 5 circles for spots, 1 large red oval for body, 1 slightly smaller oval for wings and head. See example below to construct Lady Bug.
Step two: Explain the story starter cards.
Who= the people, animals etc. who are in the story. Let the children practice coming up with whom.What= what is happening, going to happen, happened; an activity, event, or situation. Let the children practice coming up with what.Where= where do things happen, or where do people go in the story. Let the children practice where.When= When do things happen; before and after a situation, event, time, activity. Let the children practice where.
Step Three: Creating the story. Have a child pick a story starter card. Have that child choose what will happen.
Example: Child picks “who.” Ask the child, “Choose one person who will be part of the Lady Bug family.” Write the name on the poster paper.
Let the children work on their own stories. If a child cannot write yet, let them draw their picture, and dictate their story for you to write out for her/him.