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Spider Unit

20
Nov

We had a lot of fun over the last couple of weeks learning all about spiders.  I was hoping that once I learned more about spiders I wouldn’t be quite so scared of them.  But that didn’t happen.  They were still very interesting to learn about though, and I am still amazed at how much I learn now that I am homeschooling.

Here are just SOME of the things we did- there was just way too much to share everything!

Spider Unit

Of course, we had to have a real spider to observe.  I tried not to look at it very often ;-)

Spider Unit

We learned how spiders eat their prey by injecting venom into it, which turns the insect into liquid and then the spider drinks the food.  We put our prey (a sugar cube) in a cup.  Then we injected it with venom (water) and drank our prey.

Spider Glyph

We also made these cute Spider Glyphs, which you can see here.

Halloween

We played a fun game where we threw little plastic spiders onto this spider web I made on the floor and added up our scores.

Spider Unit

We did a little experiment to learn why spiders don’t stick to their webs.  First Hailey put her fingers on a piece of masking tape and her fingers stuck to it.  Then she dipped her fingers in vegetable oil and tried it again, and her fingers did not stick.  Spiders make an oil that makes it so they do not stick to their webs.

Spider Unit

  We read about the spider life cycle and then Hailey made this Life Cycle poster.

Spider Unit

We sang a little spider song.  We sang it to the tune of 10 little Indians:
Crawl, crawl, crawl like a spider.
Crawl, crawl, crawl like a spider.
Crawl, crawl, crawl like a spider.
Crawl around your web.
We used different words in place of crawl like pounce, jump, etc.

Spider Unit

If you click on the picture above, you can see some of the other fun things we did with spiders- made hats and some different fun snacks.

Spider Unit

We made a Spider Schema chart.

Spider Unit

Hailey matched up spider vocabulary words with their definitions.

Spider Unit

Hunter and Hailey made an All About Spiders book.

Spider Unit

Hailey observed our classroom spider and wrote down her observations.

Spider Unit

We ended our unit with a Spider Report.  Hailey picked an interesting spider (she picked the tarantula) and wrote a report about them.  They really are very interesting, but if I ever saw one in person I don’t think I could handle it.

Many of the printables we used came from The Razzle Dazzle Classroom or A Day in First Grade.

We also watched these videos about spiders:

and

It was a fun and interesting unit, but I am glad I won’t have to look at anymore spiders for a while!

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Tot School

10
Nov

Hunter is 23 months old

Tot School

We had another fun week at Tot School!

Tot School

We are learning all about spiders and we even caught a spider to observe.  Hunter really liked watching the spider!

Tot School

Color sorting with M&Ms onto different colored spiders.

Tot School

I asked Hunter, “Where is the blue one?” and he pointed in his mouth because he had just eaten a blue M&M :-)

Tot School

Hunter loved searching through rice for some plastic spiders.

Spider Unit

We sang a little spider song.  We sang it to the tune of 10 little Indians:
Crawl, crawl, crawl like a spider.
Crawl, crawl, crawl like a spider.
Crawl, crawl, crawl like a spider.
Crawl around your web.
We used different words in place of crawl like pounce, jump, etc.

Spider Unit

You can see some of the other spider fun we had by clicking on the picture above.

Tot School

Hunter enjoyed some sensory bags this week- this one had shaving cream in it.

Tot School

He also played with a sensory bag with shampoo in it.

Tot School

E was our letter this week- we were making an elephant and didn’t have any gray paper, so Hunter colored the paper.

Tot School

Making the E craft

Tot School

E is for Elephant

Tot School

Hunter played with his letter magnets and sang the ABCs

Tot School

We added the letter E to our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree.

Tot School

We have been learning about Thanksgiving and this week we learned about the Sioux Indians and made tee-pees.  Hunter worked a long time coloring his tee-pee.

Thanksgiving Unit

Hailey and Hunter’s finished tee-pees.

Tot School

Hunter likes to do whatever Hailey is doing, so he worked on coloring a picture just like she was doing.

Stop by 1+1+1=1 to see what the other tots were up to this week.

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Bee Crafty Kids- Fun With Spiders

08
Nov

Welcome back to the Bee Crafty Kids link up that I am co-hosting with To The Moon and Back and Look! We’re Learning.

Spider Unit

We are doing a fun unit about spiders right now.  I am loving learning all about spiders, but I am pretty sure that I will always be very terrified of them.

Here are some of the fun activities we did this week with our spider unit:

Spider Unit

We used Oreo cookies, Twizzlers (the ones that you can peel), frosting and M&Ms to make a little spider snack.

Spider Unit

Here is Hailey’s completed spider.

Spider Unit

Hailey and Hunter made these cute spider hats.  Hunter wasn’t a fan of his and said, “NO spider!”  He was willing to pose for a picture, but he refused to wear it after that.

Spider Unit

Then we made another spider snack- these did not turn out exactly like I thought they would hahahaha… we used a donut, pretzels, frosting and M&Ms.

Spider Unit

Here is Hailey’s spider

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Ummmm… and Hunter’s spider

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This was mine, a bit more of what I had in mind.  But, when Hailey and Hunter pushed the legs (pretzels) into the body (donut) they didn’t do it very gently, so the donuts pretty much crumbled.  They were yummy anyway :-)

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Heart of Dakota- BLHFHG Unit 7

07
Nov

I am trying to catch up on my posts, so I am doing another post this week about what we have been doing in school.  I get too confused and can’t remember what we did which week when I get behind!  So, here is a summary of what we did last week:

History:

This week we learned that the Pilgrims decided to leave Holland and head to America.  They would have to leave all of their friends and would not be able to bring very much with them.

Pilgrims

I saw this cute idea at The First Grade Parade.  Hailey had to pretend she could only bring one suitcase with her and decide what she would bring.  I thought her answers were cute.

Language Arts:

Heart of Dakota- BLHFHG

While reading our adventure book we created this staircase.  Each step has a problem that happened during the story written on it.  As the problem was solved Hailey colored that step.

Math:

Singapore Math

In math Hailey is learning to add with double digits.  She practiced by using pennies and ones and dimes for tens.

Unit Study:

We finished up learning about bats this week (several of the activities we did came from Batty for Bats and Stellaluna), and the started a unit about spiders.

Bat Unit

We learned how a mother bat uses her sense of smell to find her baby bat.  I dipped cotton balls into different things like vinegar, vanilla, coffee and perfume.  I let Hailey pick a “baby” and then I blindfolded her and had her find her “baby” using her sense of smell.

Bat Unit

Hailey made this project as part of the super fun Stellaluna unit we did.

Bat Unit

The inside.

Bat Unit

Hailey wrote an acrostic poem about bats.

Bat Unit

Hailey just started a spider unit and this was our first experiment.  We learned how spiders eat their prey by injecting venom into it, which turns the insect into liquid and then the spider drinks the food.  We put our prey (a sugar cube) in a cup.  Then we injected it with venom (water) and drank our prey.

It was a really fun week!!

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