|We had a great time this week reading and learning about spiders. It was a great introduction to fiction and non-fiction books. We began the week reading Eric Carle's The Very Busy Spider. The children loved the repetitiveness of this book, and soon chimed in right along with me. I made sequencing cards with DJ Inkers clip art for the children to wear when we re-read the story on Tuesday. We were supposed to make a list of all our characters in our reader's workshop notebooks, but that never happened! Time got away from us! I also forgot to snap a picture of the children with the re-telling cards! I'll do that this week!|
Here are a couple of spider activities that we did in our math centers that I posted earlier.
My mom was cleaning out her Halloween decorations just in time to give me this great spider web! We brainstormed words that start with /s/ and added them to our spider web. I also had a GIGANTIC spider web that I hung from the ceiling! I wish I would have taken a picture of it before I took it down to hang up our spider glyphs!
We also read many non-fiction books about spiders. We made a chart like this one from Deanna Jump's Blog.
I used 2 experiments from Deanna's Simple Science packet - the children LOVED them!
Then we did an experiment to understand why spiders don't stick to their webs! You can find the directions for the experiment as well as the response sheets at TPT .
I had planned to read this book as part of our preparation for our spider glyphs, but when I went to get it out on Friday - it wasn't in my lesson plan drawers. Hmmmm.... I think my wonderful 3 1/2 year old swiped it out of my school bag and it never got to school! Oh well.. I had a back-up plan.
Using these two books, we created a fun spider glyph! (Although my hand still hurts from cutting out those little spider legs!)
We then analyzed our data from our glyphs. This glyph as well as a great emergent reader (and many other spider activities that I didn't have time for) can be found in Deanna's Spiders packet on Teachers Pay Teachers.
We also did a sorting activity on the whiteboard that came from Mailbox Magazine.
At the end of the week, we made a venn diagram comparing and contrasting elements of fiction and non-fiction books. These are also on Kim's Reading Comprehension packet. I forgot to snap a picture, so here is the picture from Kim Adsit's website