One of my favorite stories to read in October is Aaaaarrgghh Spider! by Lydia Monks. It is such a cute story and my students really get a kick out of it!
If you haven’t read this story yet, it’s about a spider that decides he wants to be a pet spider. He shows a family all the things that make him a great pet, but all they see is a scary spider! And coming from somebody who truly dislikes spiders, I think it is a really cute story! Ha!
After we read the story, we made a class graph to analyze whether we think spiders do or don’t make good pets!
Then we used this graphic organizer to recall what the pet spider did in the story. Since this was for our pre-write we just wrote one or two words in each bubble instead of a whole sentence. For example we wrote “feed itself” or “dance”.
After that, we used what we brainstormed to complete our opinion writing prompt: “A spider makes a _____ pet because…”
The students wrote whether they thought a spider would make a good or bad pet and then supported their reasoning using evidence from the book.
Of course we had to make a cute spider craft to go with our writing 😉
I found these adorable spider buttons at Jo-Ann Crafts and Fabrics and I knew I had to add them to our math centers! The pumpkin ice cube tray from the dollar tree makes the perfect ten frame!
To play, have your students roll the die and place that many spiders in the ten frame. Then using a different color, figure out how many more spiders are needed to make a ten.
You can download this mini spider unit in my TpT store for free by clicking the image below!