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A Week Of Spiders
A Week Of Spiders!
7 Oct, 2017. 0 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Science, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Science, October, Preschool, Preschool Science, Reggio Inspired, Science. Posted By: Kristen Smith

Spider Week In Kindergarten

This past week we had SO much fun learning all about spiders. Our week was jam packed with activities, reading, crafts, and more. So often people will ask me how I fit everything into our week and I thought this would be a great opportunity to show how I integrate inquiries and themes into our days.

To begin our study, I showcased all of my spider books on the ledge of my board and asked my class what they wondered about spiders. As they shared what they wondered, I jotted down their questions and placed them on the anchor chart below. As our study continued, we added what we were learning to it.

A Week Of Spiders!

My purpose on the first day of an inquiry is to get my students super into what we are learning about. As you already know, I love anything and everything related to science so many times, my enthusiasm about a topic is all they need to “buy into” what we are learning about. I also use videos and books to make our units come alive. To begin this unit, I read a nonfiction book to my class teaching them a little about spiders.

This is by far one of my favorite spider books. It has AMAZING pictures and the facts in this book are incredible. (For example, did you know that spiders have pale blue blood?!? Crazy awesome.)

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Then we watched a short video to get them really excited about what we were learning about.

I tend to use my transition times and a few mini lessons throughout my day to read books, chant poems, and play games about what we were learning. This really helps integrate a unit of study throughout the whole day.

For example, one of my students favorite activities this week was reciting “Little Miss Muffet” and acting it out using a spider puppet.

Kindergarten students act out "Little Miss Muffet" during a spider unit.

Before exploration centers on the first day of our unit, we read the book “Spiders” by Gail Gibbons and then students had the opportunity to complete a spider craft at the art table.

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A Week Of Spiders!

The next day, my students were so excited to learn more about spiders. Again, we began by reading a nonfiction book about spiders and charted what we were learning. Then, during our language block, one of our centers was drawing and painting webs independently.

My students read the sign, and created BEAUTIFUL spider webs!

A Week Of Spiders!

A Week Of Spiders! A Week Of Spiders! Kindergarten students create amazing webs using oil pastel crayons and liquid water color. Kindergarten students create amazing webs using oil pastel crayons and liquid water color.

They were so proud of their hard work!

That afternoon, I had asked two of my parents to come in during our exploration centers to help with a spider egg sac activity. While my students played, the moms helped each child create an egg sac out of white yarn, and a watered down glue mixture.

Kindergarten students create egg sacs out of a white glue and water mixture and white yarn.

Getting messy was part of the fun!

Kindergarten students create egg sacs out of a white glue and water mixture and white yarn.

Students soaked their white yarn in the glue and then wrapped it around their balloon many, many times.

Kindergarten students create egg sacs out of a white glue and water mixture and white yarn. Kindergarten students create egg sacs out of a white glue and water mixture and white yarn.

I hung them to dry after school so the glue would dry.

Kindergarten students create egg sacs out of a white glue and water mixture and white yarn.

Two days later, the glue fully dried (it has been very humid here) and their egg sacs hatched! The kids were SOOO excited to find a glow in the dark spider inside each egg sac!

Kindergarten students create egg sacs out of a white glue and water mixture and white yarn.

On Wednesday, we read the book, “The Busy Spider” by Eric Carle twice. The first time we read the book, we used it to compare fiction and nonfiction texts about spiders.

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The second time we read it, I had the students focus on the artistry that Eric Carle uses when he creates his characters. We discussed that he is known for using bold colors and that in order to create his characters, he cuts out the shapes he needs from his paintings. We watched this video to learn a bit about his painting techniques and about him as an artist.

My students were so inspired by him! I asked them if they would like to create spiders just like Eric Carle and of course they said YES! We got right to work painting our canvases. To do this, I set out paint palettes with complimentary colors on them and each student chose where they wanted to work.

Students create Eric Carle inspired spiders during a spider unit.

Carefully, they painted and added textures using stamps, paper towels, and sponges.

Students create Eric Carle inspired spiders during a spider unit. Students create Eric Carle inspired spiders during a spider unit.

They loved mixing their colors together and filling up an entire canvas with paint.

Students create Eric Carle inspired spiders during a spider unit.

After they dried, my students cut out the shapes that they needed to create spiders!

Students create Eric Carle inspired spiders during a spider unit.

They used black Sharpies to add details to their spiders and chose how many eyes they wanted their spider to have! (We had learned that spiders can have 0,2,4,6, or 8 eyes!)

Students create Eric Carle inspired spiders during a spider unit.

I think they came out amazing!

Students create Eric Carle inspired spiders during a spider unit.

On Thursday afternoon, we focused on learning about spider webs and created glitter webs.

Glitter webs are so fun to make during a spider unit! Glitter webs are so fun to make during a spider unit! Glitter webs are so fun to make during a spider unit!

We also made edible spider webs using pretzels and melted white chocolate.

Throughout the week, my students engaged in many other spider activities during our literacy and math blocks. For example, my students read texts about spiders during guided reading.

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{This book is from Reading A-Z.}

They also wrote sentences about them to teach others what they were learning.

A kindergarten unit on spiders

During math, spiders helped us with decomposing numbers, teen numbers, counting, and 1-1 correspondence.

A kindergarten unit on spiders

My students also loved looking closely at spider pictures on our “science table.”

Students observe spiders at a look closer table

And spider webs and crafts showed up in many ways during exploration centers!

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If you are interested in my specific lesson plans and activities (as well as a TON of recording pages and books) I sell two spider packs in my store on TpT. One is geared specifically for preschool and kindergarten students, and the other is geared for first and second graders. They are available here:

Kindergarten Spider Pack

First and Second Grade Pack

I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend. Next week we will be studying bats! I can’t wait! :)

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