Spiders. Oh my do my students love to learn about spiders. When I first tell them we are beginning a unit on spiders, many of them crinkle their noses. "I HATE spiders," they'll say. I tell them to wait. Wait until they learn more about them and I promise they won't hate them anymore. They probably won't exactly want to pet them, but it's such a great topic for teaching that the more you know about something, the more interesting it becomes. And no matter how squeamish the child, they all enjoy talking about something that liquefies it's dinner and slurps it up like a milkshake! (I make sure to ask them if they'd like a grasshopper milkshake for lunch, too! The response is always a collective "EEEEEEWWWWW!")
What are your favorite spider books to share with your kids? We have been talking about the differences between fantasy and reality texts. So far we've read:
We made a spider counting book: You can find it HERE:
We checked out a spider specimen.
And I let the kids use a toy spider I found at the dollar tree to count its legs and identify its body parts.
This guy is hanging over my white board. The way he is "holding" the heart is completely accidental, but I love it! (That heart was from a lesson about being kind and how unkind words can crumple our hearts.)
We made a has/can/is chart for spiders:
Here is my front door: (more deco from the Dollar Tree!)
And of course, I always like to end with a freebie!
This is part of my Read It, Glue It, Write It Fall Pack on TpT right HERE.
More spidery ideas to come next week!
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