Need some great informational text activities for the Fall season? Do your kids need work identifying details about specific topics? Do you need some fantastic display pieces for conference time? Maybe you need a way to differentiate your instruction to challenge all students in your class. How about some easy lesson ideas for a substitute? If so, you've come to the right place!
I designed this set of projects for use with my library classes. They would all make excellent activities for in-class, too.There are activities for 1st (as a whole class), 2nd, 3rd and even 4th grade. I've included a technology component in the form of a Popplet activity that students can do on iPads and download as a jpeg. These can be printed and displayed or emailed to parents. They would be fantastic to use at conferences! This project would be great for students who are working at an advanced level and need independent, challenging learning opportunities.
I used Bethany Barton's book "I'm Trying to Love Spiders" as the sounding board for the various activities. This book is on the 2017 Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award nominee list and contains a wealth of interesting facts about spiders told in a fun and engaging way. I can't recommend it enough! You could easily do this with another book instead if you don't have access to the book or have something you'd rather use.
In this packet you will get:
1. a spider web printout where students write 8 facts they know about spiders after listening to a book about them or conducting research. This could be colored, cut out and mounted on black construction paper for an extra fun display!
2. A research writing prompt that would be great at centers in a regular ed classroom. Students identify an animal, insect or arachnid that they are afraid of. They conduct research on it (and document that research on the sheet). Afterward, they write a letter to Ms. Barton telling her everything they learned.
3. A Popplet project sheet for your students that requires them to research a specific spider species of their choice. In total, students will create a Popplet with 9 Popples (one title in the center and 8 leg Popples). This project requires students to research about habitats, diet and identifying marks. They will draw their own diagrams and locate pictures in books and on websites to include in their Popples. This project could be assigned as an individual, partner or group activity.
4. A Popplet project sheet scoring checklist (for students). I would recommend having students self-score after they finish their project. Then you can either have another student review and score their Popplet or simply score it yourself.