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Product Description
Spider facts, spider photos, spider project...it can't get more fun!
This arachnid interactive reading and writing resource doubles as an ELA and a science lesson/activity.

Kids interact with informational text by creating their own resource!

They'll be engaged in this little project, and once it's done they will have an informational book that they can use to write a brief report.

Your kids will enjoy creating their own spider facts book with dynamic spider photos. Struggling readers will want to read and write about spiders.

This "arachnid-tivity" is a pocket-sized envelope book with 13 fact cards and photos of real spiders, that slip inside. But it includes much more than just facts.

1. A book-making activity using informational cards. Students will first need to match 4 topic sentences with corresponding paragraphs which are on separate cards. (This is a good way for them to think about the facts as they assemble the book.)
2. A mini report page to write (using a scaffolding frame)
3. A student self-evaluation checklist, "How Did I Do? This is much like a rubric....and gives kids the chance to review their learning and add their own thoughts about what they liked or would have liked to learn.

The directions for making the book are easy to follow.
Print as single sheets for kids to cut out. Regular copy paper works fine. Clear directions and a photo are provided to help. An easy and simple template is used for the square envelope. One template is decorated with a spider and text, but there is also a blank one for students who wish to personalize and decorate their own envelope book cover.

After you print their pages...
1. They read the facts, then identify the main idea (or topic sentences) that go with supporting facts. Then they cut and glue them onto the corresponding cards.

2. They label a spider and fill in a couple cards with their own information, too. Picture cards and a trivia card are included.

3. After they have assembled their 13 fact cards, they can write a brief report based on the information (included).

4. They complete the project with a self-assessment checklist (included).

You may find some additional ways to use this to suit your students’ needs.

You can really use this envelope book as a supplement to a lap book or science folder project. Try this in your science center.

Learning Objectives
1. Students will read and learn some facts about spiders while making a set of facts that make up a little book.
2. They will label the main body parts, or segments of a spider.
3. They will identify topic sentences that go with supporting details.
4. They will write a brief report about spiders from this activity.
5. They will fill out a check list to evaluate or reflect on their own learning about spiders.

This nonfiction resource will cover many of the Common Core Standards for Reading and Writing Informational/Expository Text.

The photos are in color, but if you print in grayscale, this comes out fine, too.

PLEASE be sure to check the preview first before buying, to see if this is what you are looking for. That way, you really have a sense of what I'm selling!

Thanks a lot for stopping by!

If you like resources like this one, then check out my other informational resources that your kids will enjoy:

BAT FACTS Envelope Booktivity-Informational Reading Writing & Activities

INSECTS-Informational Resource, Writing, and Book-tivity


Plus, many more to come...

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17 pages
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