Spiders: Schedulin’ Sunday

Happy Schedulin’ Sunday! This week we’re using our Spiders research project, we’re working on Word Family Bootcamp to practice word families and we’re continuing to learn about money with Math It Up: Money!

Spiders And Money Lesson Plans

As always, you can download our weekly lesson plans here:

Spiders Research Project

This week we are learning about spiders with our Spiders Research Project! This is always a favorite for the kids because they are so intrigued by spiders!  It’s also perfect for October and Halloween!   

We start our research project with a schema map!

As we learn about spiders we add our new learning to our schema map.

We do a tree chart, we label the parts of spiders and write about spiders.


The students will also make a spider and they will paint a handprint spider!


For more details and ideas for your bat theme, check out our spiders blog post!


Word Families BOOTCAMP

This week we are continuing Word Family Bootcamp! After 26 days of ABC BOOTCAMP, we now use the sounds and letters we mastered and apply them to spelling, reading and writing CVC words! We use word families as a scaffold for reading CVC words because the rhyming helps support our students.

For word families using Word Family Bootcamp, we do a 2 day routine. Day 1 is a circle chart. Day 2 is word building, blending and writing.

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To provide students extra support and practice, we use our differentiated word family decodable readers. The readers are included in Word Family Bootcamp.

For more on word families and Word Family Bootcamp, check out this post!

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Read It UP! The Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat

This week our Read It Up story is There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat! Stellaluna is a great text use for story elements and is engaging for Halloween week!

For more on our Read It Up! comprehension resources, check out this post:

Poem And Sight Word Reader: Bats

The week our shared reading sight word reader and poem are about bats and spiders!

Math: Money

This week in math we are continuing learning about money! Our standards are for students to identify the coin and value so that’s what we’re focusing on. We also talk about why we need money to make those important real-life connections! For our money lessons, we are using our Math It Up: Money creation!

We start with a read-aloud of Alexander Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday and then we discuss why we need money!

For each coin, we make a word web that includes the coin name, value, color, who’s on the coin, and the two sides of the coin.

This week we will do a daily review of each coin and value using a simple PowerPoint. Then we will work in small groups to identify coins and values by coloring coins!

For more details on our money unit, including videos, check out our money blog post!


And yes, it’s Halloween week so survival is key. We celebrate with a class party but we also keep the day as normal as possible. And we will do Creepy Carrot Day in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon!

We will read the book, do a retell of the story and graph if we think carrots are creepy or yummy. And we will make a creepy carrot!

For more on our Creepy Carrot Day, check out this blog post:

Foodie Fun Friday

Our Foodie Fun Friday snack this week is a spider! Use Oreos, pretzels, and candy eyes!

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For my class treats, we make these cute snacks! Grab your free labels here.

These are the creations we are using this week:

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