Spider Study Launch With Charlotte's Web

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I never realized how busy of a month October is till this year.  I made a list of everything I need to teach and it is a bit overwhelming!  I didn't even get to Columbus Day, which I moved to next week.

Each month we read a chapter book and this month we are reading Charlotte's Web.  The kids LOVE this book and it gives me a perfect way to bring spiders into the curriculum. 

I HATE spiders, but I love teaching about them :)

We began with a couple of chapters from Charlotte's Web.  I can't say enough good things about this book.  I first heard it in third grade.  I loved the story, but I didn't appreciate how beautifully written it was until I read it as an adult.  I am pretty sure it is one of the best written books of all time.

Have you ever seen the read along edition from Barnes and Noble?  It is a large text that is perfect for the classroom.  My kids could never see the illustrations with the little one.  I spotted this book at a used bookstore last year and picked it up even though I already had a couple of copies of the book.  I brought it out on Monday and the kids went nuts for it!  My classes have have always enjoyed this book, but this class was so mesmerized by the size of it. They are more into this story than any other class I've had.  

Here is a picture of this book.  It's about 12 inches tall and 8 inches wide.  Pick it up if you get a chance, you will not regret it.

We had not met Charlotte yet, but I wanted them to know a little bit about spiders before we met her so we started with a schema chart.

The next day we read another chapter and studied the different parts of a spider.

On Friday we met Charlotte and she explained her diet.  Perfect timing for some more spider facts!

This paper is from a set from Lakeshore. I use this set all the time! It is amazing!  We learn about something and it has comprehension questions at the bottom. 

Finally, we wrote about our new learning in our science journals. 

Next week we are continuing our spider study and we are also going to learn about Christopher Columbus!  I created a mini-unit for Columbus Day and I am going to keep it on sale for a few more days.  It's on sale for $1.60, if you are interested please click HERE.

I am linking up with Teaching Maddeness for Friday Flashback.

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Read Alouds

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I love Monday Made It! I'm so happy that Tara decided to continue it on a monthly basis.

Like other teachers I try to read as much as I can to my students.  I teach an ELD classroom that consists of all second language learners.  They are so excited to hear these stories and they pick up so much proper English from these books.

I have approximately 800 read alouds and I can't store them in  my classroom due to space.  So I have  some bookshelves at home where I store all my read alouds, or as my kids call them "Special Books."  I have found it beneficial to have all my books at home so that when I lesson plan, I can go take a peek at my books to see which ones tie into my curriculum for the week.

Each month I read a chapter book to my class and we read about 1-3 chapters daily.  We also have an "Author of the Month" study and we read one or two of their books each day.  I also have certain books that tie into the curriculum or writer's workshop.  I organize them each week and bring them in to school.

I have always run into the problem of misplacing my books.  I have to stop and look for my book before I can read it and that can get real annoying.  Some of my books have also disappeared all together :(

This has happened too many times and I began to think of how I can keep track of these books that I'm bringing in.   A few months ago I made  book hospital where all my damaged books get placed.  That system has worked so well and it got me thinking of how I can use the same idea for my read alouds.

This weekend I finally sat down to make this read aloud book holder.
 Here is a closeup of the little owl.  I have an owl theme going on so I had to give this an owl theme as well.
I cut out all the pieces using my Cricut.  The owl is from the cartridge "Hoot n' Holler" and the font is from "Nursery Rhymes."

So go on over to 4th Grade Frolics and link up your projects with Tara!


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