During our second mini-lesson, we discussed what the author's purpose was in writing the book The Grouchy Ladybug. We know authors have three main reasons for writing a book 1) To teach us something. 2) For entertainment/for fun. 3) To persuade us of something. After reading this Eric Carle book, we decided he was wanting to teach us something. When I asked the class what Eric Carle wanted us to learn after reading the book I had several wonderful responses. A few of the responses were to not be mean, to treat others nicely, use polite words and not fight with anyone. After talking about what we were supposed to learn, we practiced with a partner using polite words. We first practiced how you greet someone when you first see them in the morning. Each group created their own polite conversations and then we came back and shared a few. Next, we practiced how to be polite if your friend is using a marker and you would like to also use that marker. After the students worked together on that topic, we shared a few for the class. We decided it is much better to be a friendly ladybug then a grouchy one any day. I am hoping to see many friendly ladybugs these last weeks of school!