I hope you’re off to a fantastic start to your school year. We are one week down and boy, I am exhausted! I am not sure if it is because I am 25 weeks pregnant or if it is because this job is exhausting! (Maybe a combo of both?)
I am excited to share with you one of my favorite ways to incorporate science into the month of October. With October being the month of all things spooky, it’s a perfect time to teach about SPIDERS!!!! My students LOVE the interesting, creepy, crawly facts that they learn throughout the unit!
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The book I chose to use for October’s spider unit is a nonfiction book called Spiders by Gail Gibbons. This book gives amazing, unique information about all types of spiders. Not to mention, it is full of detailed, colorful pictures of all kinds of spiders.
I love starting our spider unit by decorating the classroom with spider webs before the students arrive that morning. They always love coming in and seeing the room!I also gather as many spider books as I can from the library that students can refer to throughout our unit!After reading Gail Gibbon’s book for a read aloud, we start our many spider activities using my Nonfiction Spider Unit.
First, we review verbs, adjectives, and nouns. Then the students sort the various spider words into the correct category in their interactive notebooks.
Then, we read about spiders! Their bodies, their life cycles, and their predators, as well as feeding habits.
Using this text, students answer the questions by going back to the text and finding evidence.
Then, we labels spider parts on the spider diagram.
Finally, as a review and “assessment”, students go on a spider (fact) hunt around the room. They LOVE this activity and have NO clue they are really showing their knowledge!
As a fun way to end the unit, we made a spider poem craftivity that I hang from the ceiling.
Now we are ready for Halloween!
As we learn new words in our spider unit, I add it to our spider word wall.
This unit includes a TON more than shown here! Want to check out this nonfiction spider unit?
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