Yesterday we began our spider inquiry. We have been reading Charlotte's Web for the Global Read Aloud and the students were fascinated about how Charlotte sucks the blood from her victims.... So, our inquiry about spiders was born. This was a perfect time for this inquiry because we have been talking about how to link reading to non-fiction writing in our school and this project practically fell into our laps!
Step 1 - The Wondering StageWe started with a schema chart to find out what the students already knew about spiders. Each student was given a sticky note and they had to draw or write one fact they knew about spiders and add it to our chart.
Step 2 - The Planning Stage
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Step 3 - The Gathering Stage
The students were so excited about the topic, we had students bringing in spiders they had caught around the house. Of course, we had to get the document camera out and get a closer look at them! Here is Mrs. Belanger showing the class our first furry friend under the document camera.