Talk on Ladybugs...In English!
Travecedo from Colombia
week, I had to prepare an oral report
about any insect or animal, so I decided
to make my presentation about mariquitas,
or ladybugs. I prepared it carefully and
made a beautiful model of a lady bug to
show the class
ladybug is one of the most beautiful insects I have
ever seen. I remember when I was a child, I used to
look at them in my aunt's garden. Sometimes I tried
to catch them because they were so cute. Before
coming to the United States, I didn't know the
insect's name in English. In Spanish, they are
week, my teacher Mona Grant asked me to prepare an
oral report about any insect or animal that I
wanted to. However, I didn't want to talk about any
common insect. Therefore, I thought of making my
presentation about mariquitas.
of all, I had to look for the English translation
of this insect. After asking some people if they
knew the name of it, I found out what it was
called. It was ladybug. My presentation had
to be about ladybug behavior, and I learned a lot.
instance, I discovered that when ladybugs are born,
they come out of the pups and their shells are
orange, soft, and damp. I also found out that they
have two sets of wings. When the wings dry off,
they can fly. Another interesting thing I learned
is that when the baby ladybugs hatch, they eat 30
aphids (a kind of insect) per day.
the United States there are 17 species of ladybugs.
They spend the winter months in a cluster. In
spring, they move outside to locate their prey. All
this information is really interesting for me
because I had never really thought about it before.
spent a lot of time preparing for my presentation
because I had to talk 7 to 10 minutes in front of
my classmates. In addition, I was going to be
graded by my teacher. As everybody knows, it is not
very easy to give an oral report, especially in
another language that you are just learning.
really wanted to make a great presentation, so I
made a model of a ladybug to show the class. I used
paper, glue and markers in order to make a
beautiful ladybug. Because I had to explain the
meaning of the new vocabulary, and I wanted to
catch the attention of my audience; I made some
posters with the new words that I wanted to teach
spent three days developing my presentation. As a
result, it was really great. My teacher told me it
was a good idea to use flash cards and visual aids.
She also told me to be careful with my
pronunciation of some words, but overall I think
the presentation went well. I think making these
kinds of presentations really helps to improve my
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