Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What has eight legs, is NOT an insect, and......

is Creepy Crawly??? That's right, A SPIDER!!!! Although spiders are another one those creature that give me goosebumps, we had a awesome time doing our Spider Reports last week. First, students were split into 4 groups. They were given a few Non-fiction books about Spiders to read, this helped them build some knowledge about spiders. Next, each group leader was given an Ipad to begin their research and choose a type of spider for their project. I visited another 2nd grade teacher blog and found these free

We used the websites listed on the "Spider Research" handout. Each student also completed the graphic organizer above. After 2 days and research and filling out the graphic organizer, the student used their information/facts to begin their rough draft. I conferenced (met and discussed) with each group/students about their writing to be sure they were on the right track. Once they finished, they were given the "Publishing Paper" to complete their final Spider Report.Last but certainly not least, each group drew their spider. The students had a blast with this writing and I love seeing them get excited about learning.

OH YEA......Did I mention that one student brought in 2 LIVE SPIDERS!!!! Needless to say I was worried to death all day about those spiders. :) Once again the kids thought they were soooo interesting. They are still coming in with new information and facts about spiders!

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