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October Mapped Out and Spiders! {and your chance to win!}
29 Sep, 2013. 86 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Science, Kindergarten Science, October, Science. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Can you believe that it is almost October? CRAZY, right?! Goodbye apples, and hello October themes! On Friday I mapped out my month and thought that this might help some of you. If you would like to print it out, click here to get taken to the google document.
In October we really start to dive deeper into our learning. At this point we are into a pretty good routine and know what is expected in our classroom. We also are getting better and better at reading and this class has been blowing me away with how well they are doing with their math skills! Here is what we have coming up!
In Math, I use a combination of a few curriculums. On each day I have written down the “big idea” that I will either teach or reteach. Throughout the lesson though I will be spiraling what my students have already been taught. We also have calendar time each day. The orange bars show the over arching lessons that I will be teaching and reteaching in pull out groups. 
Throughout the month of October we learn about spiders, bats, owls, and pumpkins. Each theme lasts for one week. On each day I have written the extension or activity that I will be doing with my class. {Later on in this blog post you can see what each spider extension looks like.}
In writing we will begin to get really good at writing K,W, Ls, can, have, ares, and using bubble maps. I also will expose my students to writing opinion pieces and what a simile is and how to write one. 
This next list includes one picture book that I will read each day with my class. On most days I will read more than one, but this is at least a road map as to what books I use! 
Next week I will use these math bins to extend my student’s learning. We are focusing on related facts, using and understanding the <,>, and = sign, addition, and ordering numbers. My high flyers will be working on word problems next week, too. {All of these centers can be found in my October Math Bin pack.}
Since next week is spider week my students will be introduced for the first time to science vocabulary words. We will use these words in centers, in guided reading, and in our writing. I play a lot of games with these words throughout the week to really help my students know and understand what they are and mean. 
My students will also match their vocabulary words to real life pictures. My students LOVE seeing “real life” versions of what we are learning about. I know that my boys especially will LOVE this! 
For Guided Reading we will be working through a few of these books as well as some books from Reading A-Z. I also will be using the reader that I wrote with my groups as well. 

To extend our learning through a series of “hands on” activities, I created a HUGE spider last year out of poster board. We will use him again this year to practice labeling the parts of a spider. Later on in the week we will make spider webs and lots of spider projects.
On Monday we will create a similar anchor chart to the one below and these spiders. To read more about these activities, you can read the blog post I did last year about them! 
We will practice our fluency with this poem.
On Tuesday we will use spiders to extend our Math lesson. My students will be given a spider web and ink pads. They will roll a die and put that many thumb prints of one color on their web. They will then roll the die again and use a different color to make those thumb prints. Last they will turn the thumb prints into flies and create number sentences of how many flies there are stuck in the web! 
On Wednesday we will make these spider webs:
We also will write down spider facts on black spiders. {These will go on our classroom door!}
On Friday we will make edible spider webs! {This was a CLASS FAVORITE last year.} 
To celebrate a week of spiders, my friend Jen and I are both giving away our spider packs! You have two chances to win both packs.
It’s super simple to enter. All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog! I will pick a winner on Tuesday after school! (please make sure you leave your email address so I can send you the pack!) Jen will also pick a winner! Click on her button to go comment on her blog for another chance to win! 

My spider pack is on sale until Tuesday! Good luck! 

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86 Comments
  1. I see you chose the green cover. It looks great!
    lraines78@gmail.com

  2. Love your blog and all your great stuff!!

  3. These look great!!! I would love a copy of these for my kiddos!!!
    Julie
    DDgirl4ever@yahoo.com

  4. Would love to do this with my firsties! michelemolleda@gmail.com

  5. MEMEME! Great Spider ideas! wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com 1stgradefireworks

  6. Love this!!! We started doing spider week in my classroom last year and it was a hit. I know this would make it sooo much better! ashantecarr@gmail.com

  7. I would love to have this!!! Jennlz53@aol.com

  8. Dana -

    I absolutely love.love.love fall/Halloween activities!! mommydana805@gmail.com

  9. i love teaching about spiders! so engaging and fun for the kids.
    aconnolly1216 at gmail dot com

  10. So cute! Your stuff is so awesome! tiny1771@tampabay.rr.com

  11. each time I read your blog I want to do every single thing you do!! I am in awe of how amazing you are!! would love to win…but will buy if I don’t! lol Thanks for all that you share!

  12. Deb -

    Would love to win! Great resource:)

  13. These looks amazing!!
    coley
    cfcoley@gmail.com

  14. Great products! Would love to win them!
    jillaysenne@live.com

  15. I wish that I were half as creative as you. Your students are very lucky!
    Lisa
    mn2caligirl@yahoo.com

  16. Love your ideas….I can’t believe it is October….I completely missed Apple season! We are implementing A LOT of technology in our classrooms and we are beginning to implement Common Core…and we just had conferences. Where did September go? I am overwhelmed!
    nmchamplin@gmail.com

  17. Love teaching during the month of October, so many fun things to use! Love your ideas!!

  18. Spiders? Boy heaven! Would love to win this packet, of course! Love the green cover, too!

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

  19. Thank you for all these great ideas. The Edible Spider Webs look so delicious….. and I know the kids would love them! I’d love to win these spider activities.
    Mikaela
    mmuntean619@gmail.com

  20. I would love to have these spider packs to use with my students!
    rosemarykn@comcast.net

  21. Kari -

    This looks amazing!!

    Kari
    aftershockrut@comcast.net

  22. Who wouldn’t wanna learn all about spiders with activities like these!! arusso@culpeperschools.org

  23. Would LOVE to win this!
    wiardmolly@yahoo.com

  24. Love all of your ideas! I just found your blog on pinterest & also teach 1st grade.
    These would be awesome for our classroom!
    Thanks, Jackie
    jmcmanam@w-sioux.k12.ia.us

  25. Looks like such a fun unit! Would love this!
    whitneynb33@yahoo.com

  26. Love your weekly themes for October. Spider unit looks like lots of fun activities! chappellteach@gmail.com

  27. I would love to add these units to my current spider unit. We celebrate “Spider Day” in our classroom on October 31st. We get to share all that we have learned with parents and special friends on that day.
    caroaf@comcast.net

  28. Green cover looks great. I would love to win this for my students
    J28ber@gmail.com

  29. All these activities look like so much fun. I especially like the making an editable spider web. I hope I win!

  30. Love, love, love your science units!
    Laura
    Lnabors@kingwoodchristianschool.com

  31. Love these! Mrsgfowler@gmail.com

  32. I LOVE the glue spider webs and the idea of showing the kids the real life pictures. I’d love to win!!!
    Maria
    meemsickle@gmail.com

  33. Super cute! kindercards@gmail.com

  34. Liz -

    This looks great! My firsties would love it!
    Liz
    Teaching in the Valley
    teachinginthevalley@gmail.com

  35. These packs look fantastic! Crossing my fingers!

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons
    applesbooksandcrayons@gmail.com

  36. this looks awesome !
    cmueller140@gmail.com

  37. Both of these packs look like they are just full of fun, educational resources. Would be so excited to win.

    Lori
    wrlean@aol.com

  38. Those edible spider webs look delicious! These units look fantastic!

    Ashley
    ashley58926@hotmail.com

  39. Such fun activities in your spider unit! I know my students would have so much fun learning about them! :-)

    Karyn
    Kideducator@comcast.net

  40. You’re awesome! Thank you for all the wonderful ideas and the giveaway! julielynnallen@gmail.com

  41. This looks great!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

  42. I hope to be able to make these one day! So cute! :)
    ehwillis5@gmail.com

  43. I love both of these units, they look like so much fun.. Would love to win one!
    Thanks for the chance!
    scottk323@gmail.com

  44. Spiders gross me out, but my kiddos love em’. G_heil@hotmail.com

  45. Kim -

    These spider units look great! I’m sure my firsties would love them!
    davisk114@yahoo.com

  46. Rene -

    Looks like a fun unit!

    renetowens@sbcglobal.net

  47. This looks like a super unit! My students would love it :) awebb7575@gmail.com

  48. How fun! I’m a struggling first year first grade teacher of a small christian school in Hawaii. finding your blog this weekend has already been such an encouragement! Thank you for sharing so much (even down to the books to read!). I think I’m going to be a week behind you this year! We’re going to do the apple tasting, writing and cores this week and the weather next week!
    this spider pack also looks awesome!
    kalana.mei@gmail.com

  49. ooh awesome!! I would love this unit! your photos and ideas are fantastic. cathy.edington@gmail.com

  50. Looks like a wonderful pack!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

  51. This comment has been removed by the author.

  52. Love this packet and how it incorporates more than one subject! Great job! 6mortons@gmail.com

  53. Love this packet and how it incorporates more than one subject! Great job! 6mortons@gmail.com

  54. Fantastic packet!

  55. You are amazing and inspiring. Thank you!
    glassyglen@morrisbb.net

  56. I am scared to death of spiders; but I can’t wait to teach using these great packets! dkblood11@gmail.com

  57. Who knew spiders could be so cool and fun instead of gross? LOVE everything about this unit.

  58. Your spider unit is wonderful…filled with so many great ideas!
    Michelle
    mjaquillard@oregoncs.org

  59. I am not a fan of spiders but you have done a great job! ,I could do it!

  60. These packs look totally awesome! You and Jen are so inspiring!!! I’m super excited and have started planning for next year 😉 (We start in January)
    Best regards,
    Belinda
    belmc136@gmail.com

  61. This looks awesome! Would love to win these! bshaw@renick.k12.mo.us

  62. I would love to win your spider pack! My kids would really enjoy learning about those creepy crawlies!
    mm6219@hotmail.com

  63. I would love to win your spider pack!

    yukarinaka@gmail.com

  64. Just reading your post on spiders is exciting. So much energy and excitement. What a great packet of activities for the kids.
    Deb81992@yahoo.com

  65. I LOVE teaching about spiders in October! It’s one of my favorite units! These look great!
    Karen Rowland
    Adventures With Firsties

    karenrowland112677@yahoo.com

  66. Thanks for planning out my October! Would love anything of yours!
    seusstasticblogspot@gmall.com
    Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations

  67. Great packet of activities–even if it is spiders!

  68. Thanks for the opportunity to win these two packs! They look great! I loved seeing all the great things that you do with your kiddos during this unit. I found several things that I’d like to “borrow!” I can’t wait to make the edible spider webs! jaglanzer@yahoo.com

  69. I would love to win this packet!
    lizpodolski@gmail.com

  70. These packs are SUPER cute. You are so sweet to offer them to three lucky people. kjbufford@gmail.com

  71. We study spiders each year too! Cute ideas! Fretuegr@catlin.k12.il.us

  72. WOW!!! Great ideas!!! Love the spider unit! snshine99@hotmail.com

  73. This comment has been removed by the author.

  74. Yay! Spiders! I am actually getting ready to do my spider theme in a few weeks! This would be perfect! Great work. tanskydoll20@yahoo.com

  75. I have never done spiders before and this is my first year teaching 1st grade… how awesome would it be to win this!!! thanks for the chance :-)
    Karen
    tommysmom0206@yahoo.com

  76. These spider packs look great, would love to win! ecoan88@gmail.com

  77. So cute! Would love to win!
    neillkk@hotmail.com

  78. This would unit would fit in great with our study of living things. My students and I would LOVE it! cherrick@frontiernet.net

  79. Oh my goodness! So cute!

    lacee.southard@gmail.com

  80. This comment has been removed by the author.

  81. I would love to win!! Thanks for the contest!
    mslaurenbeck@gmail.com

  82. Unfortunately we don’t have themed units at our school BUT I will say I will be teaching Intersession and I can teach whatever I want. With that said, I want to go into depth on cool things like spiders, pumpkins, and bats. This unit material will help me and make learning so much for those students needing that extra help. Thanks!
    kristen.widener@yahoo.com

  83. Amazing blog-thanks for the ideas!!

  84. Looks like a great unit my 1st graders would love.
    Micheledooley1@aol.com

  85. Heidi Morgan -

    Wow! So many wonderful ideas. Thank you for posting!!

86 Comments

  • I see you chose the green cover. It looks great!
    lraines78@gmail.com

  • Love your blog and all your great stuff!!

  • These look great!!! I would love a copy of these for my kiddos!!!
    Julie
    DDgirl4ever@yahoo.com

  • Would love to do this with my firsties! michelemolleda@gmail.com

  • MEMEME! Great Spider ideas! wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com 1stgradefireworks

  • Love this!!! We started doing spider week in my classroom last year and it was a hit. I know this would make it sooo much better! ashantecarr@gmail.com

  • I would love to have this!!! Jennlz53@aol.com

  • Dana -

    I absolutely love.love.love fall/Halloween activities!! mommydana805@gmail.com

  • i love teaching about spiders! so engaging and fun for the kids.
    aconnolly1216 at gmail dot com

  • So cute! Your stuff is so awesome! tiny1771@tampabay.rr.com

  • each time I read your blog I want to do every single thing you do!! I am in awe of how amazing you are!! would love to win…but will buy if I don’t! lol Thanks for all that you share!

  • Deb -

    Would love to win! Great resource:)

  • These looks amazing!!
    coley
    cfcoley@gmail.com

  • Great products! Would love to win them!
    jillaysenne@live.com

  • I wish that I were half as creative as you. Your students are very lucky!
    Lisa
    mn2caligirl@yahoo.com

  • Love your ideas….I can’t believe it is October….I completely missed Apple season! We are implementing A LOT of technology in our classrooms and we are beginning to implement Common Core…and we just had conferences. Where did September go? I am overwhelmed!
    nmchamplin@gmail.com

  • Love teaching during the month of October, so many fun things to use! Love your ideas!!

  • Spiders? Boy heaven! Would love to win this packet, of course! Love the green cover, too!

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

  • Thank you for all these great ideas. The Edible Spider Webs look so delicious….. and I know the kids would love them! I’d love to win these spider activities.
    Mikaela
    mmuntean619@gmail.com

  • I would love to have these spider packs to use with my students!
    rosemarykn@comcast.net

  • Kari -

    This looks amazing!!

    Kari
    aftershockrut@comcast.net

  • Who wouldn’t wanna learn all about spiders with activities like these!! arusso@culpeperschools.org

  • Would LOVE to win this!
    wiardmolly@yahoo.com

  • Love all of your ideas! I just found your blog on pinterest & also teach 1st grade.
    These would be awesome for our classroom!
    Thanks, Jackie
    jmcmanam@w-sioux.k12.ia.us

  • Looks like such a fun unit! Would love this!
    whitneynb33@yahoo.com

  • Love your weekly themes for October. Spider unit looks like lots of fun activities! chappellteach@gmail.com

  • I would love to add these units to my current spider unit. We celebrate “Spider Day” in our classroom on October 31st. We get to share all that we have learned with parents and special friends on that day.
    caroaf@comcast.net

  • Green cover looks great. I would love to win this for my students
    J28ber@gmail.com

  • All these activities look like so much fun. I especially like the making an editable spider web. I hope I win!

  • Love, love, love your science units!
    Laura
    Lnabors@kingwoodchristianschool.com

  • Love these! Mrsgfowler@gmail.com

  • I LOVE the glue spider webs and the idea of showing the kids the real life pictures. I’d love to win!!!
    Maria
    meemsickle@gmail.com

  • Super cute! kindercards@gmail.com

  • Liz -

    This looks great! My firsties would love it!
    Liz
    Teaching in the Valley
    teachinginthevalley@gmail.com

  • These packs look fantastic! Crossing my fingers!

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons
    applesbooksandcrayons@gmail.com

  • this looks awesome !
    cmueller140@gmail.com

  • Both of these packs look like they are just full of fun, educational resources. Would be so excited to win.

    Lori
    wrlean@aol.com

  • Those edible spider webs look delicious! These units look fantastic!

    Ashley
    ashley58926@hotmail.com

  • Such fun activities in your spider unit! I know my students would have so much fun learning about them! :-)

    Karyn
    Kideducator@comcast.net

  • You’re awesome! Thank you for all the wonderful ideas and the giveaway! julielynnallen@gmail.com

  • This looks great!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

  • I hope to be able to make these one day! So cute! :)
    ehwillis5@gmail.com

  • I love both of these units, they look like so much fun.. Would love to win one!
    Thanks for the chance!
    scottk323@gmail.com

  • Spiders gross me out, but my kiddos love em’. G_heil@hotmail.com

  • Kim -

    These spider units look great! I’m sure my firsties would love them!
    davisk114@yahoo.com

  • Rene -

    Looks like a fun unit!

    renetowens@sbcglobal.net

  • This looks like a super unit! My students would love it :) awebb7575@gmail.com

  • How fun! I’m a struggling first year first grade teacher of a small christian school in Hawaii. finding your blog this weekend has already been such an encouragement! Thank you for sharing so much (even down to the books to read!). I think I’m going to be a week behind you this year! We’re going to do the apple tasting, writing and cores this week and the weather next week!
    this spider pack also looks awesome!
    kalana.mei@gmail.com

  • ooh awesome!! I would love this unit! your photos and ideas are fantastic. cathy.edington@gmail.com

  • Looks like a wonderful pack!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

  • This comment has been removed by the author.

  • Love this packet and how it incorporates more than one subject! Great job! 6mortons@gmail.com

  • Love this packet and how it incorporates more than one subject! Great job! 6mortons@gmail.com

  • Fantastic packet!

  • You are amazing and inspiring. Thank you!
    glassyglen@morrisbb.net

  • I am scared to death of spiders; but I can’t wait to teach using these great packets! dkblood11@gmail.com

  • Who knew spiders could be so cool and fun instead of gross? LOVE everything about this unit.

  • Your spider unit is wonderful…filled with so many great ideas!
    Michelle
    mjaquillard@oregoncs.org

  • I am not a fan of spiders but you have done a great job! ,I could do it!

  • These packs look totally awesome! You and Jen are so inspiring!!! I’m super excited and have started planning for next year 😉 (We start in January)
    Best regards,
    Belinda
    belmc136@gmail.com

  • This looks awesome! Would love to win these! bshaw@renick.k12.mo.us

  • I would love to win your spider pack! My kids would really enjoy learning about those creepy crawlies!
    mm6219@hotmail.com

  • I would love to win your spider pack!

    yukarinaka@gmail.com

  • Just reading your post on spiders is exciting. So much energy and excitement. What a great packet of activities for the kids.
    Deb81992@yahoo.com

  • I LOVE teaching about spiders in October! It’s one of my favorite units! These look great!
    Karen Rowland
    Adventures With Firsties

    karenrowland112677@yahoo.com

  • Thanks for planning out my October! Would love anything of yours!
    seusstasticblogspot@gmall.com
    Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations

  • Great packet of activities–even if it is spiders!

  • Thanks for the opportunity to win these two packs! They look great! I loved seeing all the great things that you do with your kiddos during this unit. I found several things that I’d like to “borrow!” I can’t wait to make the edible spider webs! jaglanzer@yahoo.com

  • I would love to win this packet!
    lizpodolski@gmail.com

  • These packs are SUPER cute. You are so sweet to offer them to three lucky people. kjbufford@gmail.com

  • We study spiders each year too! Cute ideas! Fretuegr@catlin.k12.il.us

  • WOW!!! Great ideas!!! Love the spider unit! snshine99@hotmail.com

  • This comment has been removed by the author.

  • Yay! Spiders! I am actually getting ready to do my spider theme in a few weeks! This would be perfect! Great work. tanskydoll20@yahoo.com

  • I have never done spiders before and this is my first year teaching 1st grade… how awesome would it be to win this!!! thanks for the chance :-)
    Karen
    tommysmom0206@yahoo.com

  • These spider packs look great, would love to win! ecoan88@gmail.com

  • So cute! Would love to win!
    neillkk@hotmail.com

  • This would unit would fit in great with our study of living things. My students and I would LOVE it! cherrick@frontiernet.net

  • Oh my goodness! So cute!

    lacee.southard@gmail.com

  • This comment has been removed by the author.

  • I would love to win!! Thanks for the contest!
    mslaurenbeck@gmail.com

  • Unfortunately we don’t have themed units at our school BUT I will say I will be teaching Intersession and I can teach whatever I want. With that said, I want to go into depth on cool things like spiders, pumpkins, and bats. This unit material will help me and make learning so much for those students needing that extra help. Thanks!
    kristen.widener@yahoo.com

  • Amazing blog-thanks for the ideas!!

  • Looks like a great unit my 1st graders would love.
    Micheledooley1@aol.com

  • Heidi Morgan -

    Wow! So many wonderful ideas. Thank you for posting!!

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