Spiders Activities - Spider NonFiction Unit-Spider Research-Spider Thematic Unit

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Spiders Activities: NonFiction Unit -Reading Writing Science Research Vocabulary

Spiders: A Jam-Packed science and literacy unit with so many spider activities.

This Spider Packet is a Comprehensive Integrated Unit Grades 2-4 {science & language arts}


This integrated 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.




The 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 second grade, third grade, fourth grade and homeschool, but would certainly be useful to 5th and 6th graders as well.




Included in this packet you’ll find:


TEACHER GUIDE: outlines a 2-week pacing plan and details how the materials can best be used
SAMPLE CHARTS & DISPLAYS: photographs of charts created using the printables  found in the packet
TIPS FOR GATHERING RESOURCES: explains ways to easily acquire books and other resources to use 
FACTS AND INFO FOR TEACHERS: provides educators with background knowledge on the topic
NON-FICTION SCAVENGER HUNT: familiarizes students with the elements of non-fiction that will be helpful to them when conducting research and learning about the topic
THEMATIC BOOKMARKS: both color and ink-saving versions of thematic bookmarks the students may use
SCHEMA MATERIALS: 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: set 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: gets the students brainstorming related vocabulary
CAN / HAVE / and ARE CHARTS: helps to organize student thinking and assists with writing...there are individual student printables as well as a collection of options for creating a collaborative classroom chart
VOCABULARY ACTIVITIES: includes 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: using vocabulary cards or their lists students will alphabetize and sort the words by syllables to strengthen dictionary and spelling skills
LABELED DIAGRAM ACTIVITIES: 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 is also materials to create a classroom display
VENN DIAGRAM: students can deepen their understanding of the topic by finding the similarities and differences between the subject and related things
FACTS and OPINIONS: this can be used as an independent work activity or as a center/workstation 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: 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: students will have an opportunity to research, illustrate, discuss or write about the life cycle 
INFORMATIONAL WRITING PRINTABLES: 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 paper
THE IMPORTANT BOOK ACTIVITY: inspired by "The Important Book" by Margaret Wise Brown, this activity serves as an informal assessment on student knowledge of the topic; it is ideal for creating a class book as well and includes both color and ink-saving black and white covers
COMMON CORE STANDARDS ALIGNMENT: a complete list including the standard number and description for all of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade standards that are covered in the materials in this packet.

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