I've gotten started on our project. I hope to have live ladybugs in our classroom during 1st or 2nd quarter. What gets me is that I just found out that we might not have Science until 2nd Semester. So I am planning on having Math and Language Arts activities and adopting the ladybugs as classroom pets that we photograph a good bit. When 2nd Semester comes around and we study insects, I can bring back the pictures and use them as prior experience.
I teach Special Needs children in grades 6-8. My kiddos function academically somewhere between K and 1st grade. I have 1 new student coming up who functions on the level of a 6 to 12 month old. (talk about finding ways to differentiate!)
Here's the webpage I've started with the help of a very talented photographer who gave me permission to use his photos. www.incrediblefalcons.com/Ladybug.html
I made a worksheet (linked on the page) that focuses on state insects for the US Postcard Exchange that I'm hosting. It'll make a nice addition to Ladybug Day I think.