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This spider research unit integrates science, reading, and writing through standards-based lessons and activities, which cover topics ranging from parts of a spider to facts about its life cycle. The All About Spiders packet includes differentiated materials to make modifying simple and enables you to use it with a variety of grade levels and abilities. It is completely Common Core aligned and ideal for 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade. The best part is that it’s now both printable AND digital (Google Slides)!
This integrated science and literacy thematic unit provides teachers and students with a complete collection of printables for a two-week study of spiders. The unit can be used as a stand alone resource or in conjunction with other materials. There is little to no prep involved (just optional anchor charts if you choose to make them) and all you’ll need to add is a collection of books on the topic for your students to use for their research. I’ve even included tips on easily acquiring books and resources.
These spider resources are great for
◼️ an integrated science and literacy unit focused on spiders
◼️ whole group lessons
◼️ writing, reading and science centers
◼️ sub plans
◼️ morning work
◼️ bulletin board displays
◼️ Halloween activities
◼️ remote learning tasks
✔ teacher guide that outlines a 2-week pacing plan and details how the materials can best be used
✔ sample charts and displays that are photographs of charts created using the printables found in the packet
✔ tips for gathering resources page that suggests ways to easily acquire books and other resources to use
✔ facts and information about spiders that equip teachers with background knowledge on the topic
✔ non-fiction scavenger hunt that familiarizes students with the elements of non-fiction that will be helpful to them when conducting research and learning about the topic
✔ thematic bookmarks that come in both color and ink-saving versions of student bookmarks
✔ schema materials that include individual student charts and materials to create collaborative classroom displays documenting what the students know, wonder, and learn as well as a means of addressing misconceptions
✔ read to find out activity that sets a purpose for reading by having students list their questions prior to beginning the study and have them record the answers as they discover them
✔ nouns, verbs, and adjectives chart that get students brainstorming related vocabulary
✔ can / have / and are charts that help to organize student thinking and assists with writing
✔ vocabulary activities that include word cards with and without definition for a classroom display, individual student charts, and a student created booklet, which provides an opportunity for students to illustrate words, use them in context, define them and explain their meaning in their own words
✔ word study activities that invite students to alphabetize and sort the words by syllables to strengthen dictionary and spelling skills
✔ labeled diagram activities that include a collection of options for working with diagrams to increase understanding of the topic and related vocabulary; students have opportunities to label images and/or illustrate and label on their own; there are also materials to create a classroom display
✔ venn diagram that encourages students to deepen their understanding of the topic by finding the similarities and differences between the subject and related things
✔ facts and opinions activity that can be used as an independent work activity or as a center and provides students with the option of sorting pre-written statements related to the topic or brainstorming and listing their own
✔ prompt cards for discussion or journaling, so students can use these cards to have partner or group discussions on the topic based on both their own thoughts and opinions and ideas gained from research; the cards can also be used as journal prompts
✔ life cycle activities where students research, illustrate, discuss or write about the life cycle
✔ informational writing printables that include a large collection of differentiated materials to take students through the writing process including graphic organizers, two-column notes, top-down webs, drafting paper, planners, and thematic final copy writing paper
✔ the important book activity (inspired by "the important book" by Margaret Wise Brown), which involves an activity that serves as an informal assessment on student knowledge of the topic and is ideal for creating a class book
✔ digital resources so students can complete this activity at school or for remote learning
► This resource is standards-based and integrates multiple subject areas.
► The activities were designed to be open-ended for easy differentiation and modification.
► It is a great way to celebrate a festive month, as the lesson ideas and activities are purposeful and engaging learning opportunities.
► It is incredibly comprehensive, so you’ll have plenty of materials to teach the reading, writing and science concepts and skills addressed in this packet.
► It includes digital resources so your students can access it at home or in school.
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