Spiders and insects are amazing creatures! Help kids to learn about them with this engaging mini-unit that includes reading passages with comprehension pages, crossword puzzles, task cards, story starters, and more!
This is a 47 page mini-unit for studying spiders and insects. The pages included are:
Page 1: Cover
Page 2: Vocabulary words with definitions specific to this unit. You may want to review them beforehand as an introduction, then have the students refer to them as they read the passages and come across the words. They are listed in alphabetical order.
Page 3: Reading passage about spiders
Pages 4-5: Labeling worksheet to go with the passage and answer sheet
Page 6: Reading passage about insects
Pages 7-8: Labeling worksheet to go with the passage and answer sheet
Pages 9-10: Venn diagram for compare/contrast activity and suggested answer sheet
Pages 11-12: Venn diagram cut and paste for students who need the extra support and answer sheet
Page 13: Reading passage about webs
Pages 14-15: True or False worksheet to go with the passage and answer sheet
Page 16: Reading passage - What spiders and insects eat
Pages 17-18: Worksheet to to with the passage and answer sheet
Page 19: Reading passage - Why do insects sting?
Pages 20-21: Fill in the blank worksheet to go with the passage and answer sheet
Pages 22-23: Vocabulary matching and cloze sentences worksheet review of concepts learned and answer key
Pages 24-25: Classify insects and spiders by their traits worksheet and answer sheet
Pages 26-27: Fact and Opinion cut and paste worksheet and answer sheet
Pages 28-30: Crossword puzzle without word box, crossword puzzle with word box and answer key. The puzzle is the same except for the word box.
Pages 31-33: Task cards about spiders (1-6), insects (7-12) and writing (13-18) These can be used as centers, partner activities, or whole class review.
Page 34: Recording sheet if you prefer to use the task cards as centers. You can put out some of the lined paper for the creative writing task cards.
Pages 35-36: Suggested answers for task cards #1-12
Pages 37-39: Two story starters and extra lined paper
Page 40: Directions for writing a research report
Pages 41-42: Spider planning page and Insect planning page
Page 43: Rough draft page
Pages 44-46: Pages with lines, an illustration box, and a "by___" page
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Common Core Aligned: (There are so many, but here's a list of a few):
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.