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This last week we learned about spiders using a Nonfiction reading comprehension unit by Deanna Jump. This unit uses the book National Geographic Readers: Spiders by Laura Marsh however it can be easily adapted to any nonfiction book about Spiders.
We started off by learning about what schema is, and starting our anchor chart labeling our schema on spiders. As a two part writing project students illustrated and wrote their schema. After the students read the book, then we added our new learning to the anchor chart and then wrote what we learned.
The next day students learned about the life cycle of a spider and vocabulary words such as; egg sac and spider-ling. Then we made a Life Cycle anchor chart as a class and made individual life cycle charts. For art projects we made spider headbands and hand print spiders.
This week we’ve been learning about and focusing on spiders. For science & math; we watched videos and read non-fiction books about spiders.
Then students completed a survey on whether they thought spiders were scary or neat, then we graphed the results and drew our own spiders. We also learned the song “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and made our own hand painted spiders to go along with the song.
We read the story There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and retold the story using an old lady puppet and animals to put into the old lady’s mouth. Finally, students illustrated the main character and the other characters to make a character map.