Spider Week! - Mrs. Donohue's First Grade
 
 
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This week was all about spiders! The spider theme was integrated into reading, writing, social studies, and science. Boy did we learn a lot! We enjoyed looking through the nonfiction books in our classroom.  We learned that nonfiction means Not Fake.  The spider books were definitely a hit in room 1417.
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At the beginning of the week we made a Wordel of all the things that came to our mind when we thought of spiders. The words said most often appear the biggest on the picture.
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Our schemas grew and grew this week!  The Wordel at the end of the week looked a lot different.  It included words like exoskeleton, joints, abdomen, wolf spider, and orb web. Most importantly we learned that spiders are not "creepy, scary, and gross!" 

This week we began a fall poetry book.  Each week we will add a poem to the book and eventually bring it home to share with our families. Our first poem was about spiders of course!  
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We created our very own spiders and turned our favorite spider facts into a display in the first grade hall.  Come check it out!
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We put on our hunting shoes and went on a spider/web hunt to end the week.  We started early in the morning, thinking there might be a good chance to see a spider. We were right! We saw orb webs, sheet webs, spiders, and even prey wrapped in silk.  It was a success. 
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On top of all the learning about spiders, we also added two more chunks to our phonics song, took our first quarter math assessment, and learned how to add detail to our writing by watching a movie in our head! What a busy week!

Have a great week! Don't forget about our Fall Learning Experience on Friday!

Mrs. Donohue



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