Eeeekkk.... Spiders!

This week we has been fast and furious as we have been studying spiders.  We started our spider unit by reviewing adjectives and verbs by using this chart and poem activity inspired by Cara!  After making our chart, the kiddos made a sandwich poem with 3 verbs and 3 adjectives.  We made spiders out of our handprints.  

Before reading, "Spiders Up Close", we began our KWL chart.  As I was making the class chart, my students were recording the chart in their Reading spirals.

Today, we compared Arachnids to Insects.  
First, we watched a Brain Pop video about Spiders.

I have to be honest... the kids came up with a lot of questions that I was googling as they were giving us ideas haha!  They actually knew a lot of information!

We also read the book, "The Diary of a Spider," by Doreen Cronin, which the kids LOVED.  Seriously, they were cracking up the whole stinkin time... too dang cute!  It was great because we realized that we have already learned so much about spiders.  I stopped reading right before they told where the Grandpa had "flew" off to.  I gave my students index cards and asked them to make a prediction about where Grandpa landed.  Here are a few of their ideas:

(In a room full of vacuums, Texas, and a house in Africa)
After making predictions, we finished reading the story!

The rest of the week will be devoted to researching different types of spiders.  The kiddos will break into groups and gather information about their spider.  I'll post pics of that project later!


Kris said...

Love all of your great ideas! We're learning about spiders next week and I WiLL be incorporating your ideas. I also pinned this on Pinterest! :) Thanks for sharing!

Tiggeriffic 2nd Graders said...

I do spiders too!!! I am way behind on posting but have taken pictures! We have a couple days off this week so I'm hoping to catch up on posting stuff! Thanks for sharing your spider stuff! It's super cute!

Tara said...

So super cute!!! I just posted about spiders too....yours is way cuter!!

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Buzzin' on Cupcakes in 1st Grade! said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and LOVE it! So many great ideas!!!

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just the five of us said...

Amy I stumbled onto your blog as well. You have some darling ideas. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to go to school tomorrow, we are actually doing a unit on spiders right now. I teach 1st grade. How do you have time to blog your teaching stuff? I can't keep up on my family blog. (:
Have a great day!

Jodi said...

I love the idea of predicting the end of the story :)


MJ @ Teaching in Heels said...

What a fun unit! Thanks for sharing these great ideas :)