A Playground Compromise

Explore the world of compromise. Read Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy by Jacky Davis & David Soman and reflect on the importance of everyday compromise!

  • 1.

    Read the story Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy by Jacky Davis and David Soman aloud to students.

  • 2.

    Ask students to identify the main themes of the story (friendship and compromise).

  • 3.

    Provide students with a piece of Crayola® Construction Paper and Crayola Colored Pencils.

  • 4.

    Ask students to fold the paper into three equal parts. Demonstrate the folding to the group.

  • 5.

    Ask students to draw lines on the folds to visually separate the three parts.

  • 6.

    Invite students to fill the first section with a drawing of their favorite playground activity.

  • 7.

    Encourage students to fill the second section with a drawing of their friend’s favorite playground activity.

  • 8.

    Instruct students to fill the last section with a drawing of an activity they have played happily with their friends as the result of a compromise.

  • 9.

    Once the student’s work is complete, ask them to find a partner and pose these questions: How often do you make compromises on the playground? Are you quick to compromise or do you stubbornly hold on to the activity you favor?


  • LA: Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
  • LA: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
  • LA: Identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
  • LA: Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.


  • An extension of this project could be a writing piece that elaborates on the student’s drawing. How did you come to a compromise with your friend? What would have happened if you didn’t compromise?
  • Have the students draw the next adventure of the Bug Squad. What might they use their superpowers to do next?
  • Encourage students to talk with parents about various compromises they make in everyday life. How do parents decide when it is best to compromise? What are some examples of when they decide not to compromise?