Ladybugs Research DIGITAL Library Center


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.

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​Elementary students will discover metamorphosis and the life cycle stages of ladybugs with this research center and 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.

​Product Contents:

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:
  • National Common Core Standards for English Language Arts
  • Pennsylvania Core Standards (ELA)
  • Select AASL National School Library Standards (2018)
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 Google Docs format and PDF file format
  • Includes citation examples for books/ebooks, databases, and other general websites using
BONUS!  Library Centers Routine Sign
Comprehensive, editable lesson plan in Google Docs and Microsoft Word .docx file format, including:
  • Objectives / Learning targets
  • Big ideas and essential questions from the PA Library Model Curriculum
  • National Common Core Standards, Pennsylvania Core Standards, and 2018 AASL National School Library Standards
  • ​Suggested assessment methods
  • Materials needed
  • Detailed procedure (great for substitutes!)
  • Reflection and notes space for improvements to make next time.
  • Bibliography of resources used at the center

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.

​Still not sure?  Try before you buy!

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Terms of Use 
© Mrs. J in the Library - By purchasing this product, you receive a one-user license. Copying or distributing to others is prohibited.  ​See my Digital ​Resources Terms of Use and Store Policies page for more information.

For teacher-librarians: You may use this product with all of your classes and students.

Questions before buying?
​If the free preview file does not answer your question, you can contact me through ​​the About ​Mrs. J in the Library link, or email me directly at with questions or special requests.

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