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Telling Time with The Grouchy Ladybug

A First Grade Lesson Plan


The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carl is the perfect book to use for a math lesson about telling time. It's a delightful story that incorporates math and literature. Your first graders will enjoy learning time while watching the grouchy ladybug pick fights with animals along his way.

Subject: Math

Grade Level: First Grade

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  • Clock
  • Animal pictures
  • Chart
  • Paper
  • Crayons
These standards are taken from the NYSED.gov website.

  • Students will use mathematical analysis, inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.

  • Students will understand mathematics and become mathematically confident by communicating and reasoning mathematically, by applying mathematics in a real-world setting, and by solving problems through the integrated study of number systems, geometry, algebra, data analysis, probability and trigonometry.
Performance Objectives:
  • The student will be able to show what animal corresponded with what time on a chart.
  • The student will able to see a pattern 6:00,7:00,8:00...(Example: At 6 o'clock the grouchy ladybug met a yellow jacket then at 7 o'clock she met a stag beetle.)
  • The student will be able to draw a picture illustrating what animal went with what time.
  • Hour hand
  • Minute hand
  • Clock

Anticipatory Set:

Invite students to sit on the rug. Show the class the book you are going to read to them and slowly flip through the pages. As you flip through the pages, ask the students what they think it is going to be about. Also see what they know about clocks, telling time, the hour and minute hand, etc.

Direct Instruction:

  1. Read the book, The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carl.
  2. After reading the book, hand out a clock to each student.
  3. Slowly go through each page and point out the clock on the top of the page. Have the students show you the time on their clocks while you do this.
  4. When the book is completed provide a chart that corresponds with each time that is in the book. (6:00, 7:00, 8:00)
  5. Next, have each student come up to the chart and place a picture of one of the animals in the book next to the corresponding time on the chart. Tip: Have chart already prepared ahead of time. Laminate each animal photo and place Velcro on the back of the picture and on the chart.

To close the lesson have the students draw a picture of one of their favorite animals from the book. Once completed make into a class book and place in the reading corner.


To assess your objectives create a checklist. List the following:

  • Children knew which animal corresponding with which time.
  • Children understood how to use clock by showing the time when I went through the book.
  • Children illustrated their favorite animal and corresponding time.

Extension Activities

Read additional books about telling time such as:

  1. "Telling Time with Big Mama Cat", by Dan Harper
  2. "The Clock Struck One: A Time-telling Tale (Math Is Fun!)" by Trudy Harris
  3. "Forgetful Ted: A Book about Telling Time with Toy", by Barrons Educational Series and Fiona Conboy.
  • Play an online game at Timemonsters.com.
  • Practice telling time by using worksheets.
  • Practice counting by 5"s.
  • Make a huge clock with a hula hoop, deck of cards and paper strips. As you read the Grouchy ladybug book, have students take turns moving the hands of the clock.

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