Like most First Grade classes, we also began our unit on spiders. I am actually petrified of spiders, and of most insects and animals. I tried to avoid them at all costs, except when it comes to teaching. I L.O.V.E. teaching about them, they are all just so interesting, and my kiddos always love learning about them.
I began the unit by putting plastic spiders in my Mystery Box, and had my kiddos ask Yes/No questions in order to guess what was in the box. I let each of them keep a spider when they tell me a fact to add to our spider anchor chart.
We also spoke a bunch about Schema, New Learning and Misconceptions. For the most part, they already knew a lot about these creepy little crawlers.
Below are some freebies that we completed during the past week.
This week we will continue to learn more about spiders, and we will begin writing an informative/explanatory piece on spiders.
One last thing.... I love BOOing people, but I could not for the life of me find a Boo-ing sign that was in black and white, so it was easy to photocopy, so I created my own. I also adjusted the rules a tad because we are a fairly small school. I had everyone only boo one person. The best way to start it going, is to have another teacher boo someone else at the same time, this way there are two different trails going on. Below is a copy.
Hope you enjoy it!