Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Don't Call the Exterminator!

Why is it harder to teach on the weeks that you know other people aren't teaching?  Some of you who shall NOT remain nameless, "Squirrels" from Going Nutty, is on Fall Break.  I am only 80 percent sure this is even a real reason to take a week off from school.  Mr. Columbus and I are NOT on board with this nonsense.  (OH AND I didn't get Columbus Day off either!!!)

Well as you sit knitting blankets and sipping warm beverages we are having spider week in first grade at my school.  And as much as I love hanging out with spiders and 6 year olds, I am still a tad jealous that SOME of you are not teaching.  Just a tad. 

ANYWAY...let's get on with it shall we?
Here's the spider mania we have enjoyed the last 2 days.

I am going to separate it out by subject for thrills. Hold on to your laptops...it's getting exciting in here!....ahem....
 When the students came in on Monday morning the science center looked like this.  At first they thought I had decorated for Halloween, but pretty quickly they clued in that it was ONLY spiders.

 We read a non fiction book and then created a quick circle map about what we had read. (and by quick I mean please don't look too closely...it's embarrassing!!!!)
 Then students took their circle maps and chose a spider fact sheet to transfer their learning to.  Some choose 3 facts and others chose 4 or 6 facts. 

Today, they took their spider facts page and we did a lesson on how to take information from a graphic organizer and create sentences with it.

I became the coolest teacher ever when I said their work was so good I wanted them to sharpie it!  "Are you sure Mrs. Tunstall?"  "Yes boys and girls this writing is AMAZING!"  :)  
 Tomorrow we will put together the web, spider, and create the bulletin board.  I am pretty sure the anticipation of a new bulletin board will be getting me out of bed in the morning!  Did someone say freshly cut construction paper?  I'm IN!

Spider Math Centers...
I added the spider centers to the October centers I had going this week! 
Spin a Spider from Spider Week 

Pumpkin Place Value
From October Math Centers
 Fly Away Bat

Compare and Order by length
October Math Centers
 Kooky Number Sentences
October Math Centers

Spider Addition
Spider Week
The highlight of today was playing one of the literacy games!  I named it EXTERMINATOR 5.  Students pass the bucket of spider sight word cards. They reach in and pull one card out.  If it is a sight word, they read it and the class reads it back.  If they pull out an exterminator card then they place it on the right of the pocket chart.  If we can get around the entire circle before we pull out 5 exterminator cards, then we are not exterminated!  We had SUCH fun playing this today.  We HAD to play it twice in a row because it was just that exciting!  
 Look at these precious faces!!!

 This spider came from the dollar store this weekend.  She sat on the table that was working the quietest today.  (I was pretty thrilled with this dollar purchase because my class was working silently for this little lady!)
 ****************SQUIRREL ON FALL BREAK*********************
Did I ever share this little number?
My team mate found it on pinterest from Jen at Finally in First
 Me on the Map
 This is our version of Jen's Me on the Map! :)

 Well I hope you made it to the end of this LONG post!  if you are here I love ya for it!  Thanks for coming to school with me!!!


  1. Eww, spiders!! ;) You are busy, busy!! Looks like tons of fun in your room!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  2. Bitter much?? Ha ha
    Just remember that what I am knitting while sipping my coffee is going to be on its way to your house soon!!!

    AND you were the first person I thought of when I stretched, rolled over, and looked at the clock at 10:30 this morning;)
    Xoxoxo xox to you and your spiders:)

  3. This is so cute! Your students look so excited in the pictures. GREAT job! :)
    Third Grade All Stars

  4. We don't get a fall break either...we sooo badly need one! I love the "sharpie" work!

  5. You have been busy! I'm loving the spider stations!

  6. No break and No Columbus for my school either. Boo!! Looks like you're keeping them busy though!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  7. You. Are. My. Hero. The end! :)

    Love all of your stuff!! Amazing!!


  8. Ooooh have you read Anansi's Narrow Waist? Here is a link to a website. It is an African folktale by Len Cabral. It "explains" why spiders have 8 legs. My kids loved it. :)

    Here is a link to a different version (Anansi's Web) http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2012/jul/21/tell-me-a-story-722/

  9. I LOVE those transparency spinners!!!!!

  10. Reagan,
    *Sigh* You're wonderful! Your pictures of the kiddos was priceless (especially the little girl in the pink shirt-hysterical!!). Love all of your centers. Back to TpT I go! :)
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!

  11. I love the writing process from the circle map! I am going to "borrow" your idea and head over to TpT to check out your spider unit:)

    The Resourceful Apple

  12. We had Monday and Tuesday off this week and today was a NIGHTMARE! I'm convinced that my students go home to circuses sometimes... ay yi yi!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  13. Fall break?! What?!
    Not fair. That's all I have to say about that.
    I love how FUN and full of motion everything is in your classroom. The kids are always engaged in something exciting. :D

  14. You have a fun website - I just pinned this to my fall board. It's a little old for my daycare kiddos (4 & 6) but I just might be able to do a little tweaking! lol Thanks1