We started with a read aloud from a section on spiders. As the children enjoyed their snack, their job was to listen for important, interesting and cool facts. After the reading and snacks were away, we came to the carpet and listed everything we could remember from the reading. I have been alternating colours on my charts this year so the students can differentiate between facts / words.
We focused on facts from the text (not opinions or prior knowledge of spiders).
The children were in groups of 2/3 with a new text on spiders. The following day they viewed all of the posters "museum style"(idea from: http://tunstalltimes.blogspot.com).
They chose their top 3 facts and wrote them on paper chains. Next they ordered their facts and wrote out their planning sheet. We edited together, they wrote their draft and again we met briefly to check for capitals and periods. Good copies were written on their spider craftivity.
On to bats. Here is a bat companion to spiders. This time we highlighted important keywords and parts of sentences. I'd recommend checking out: Kids National Geographic, 42explore, Bat Conservation and even eHow. All are great for projecting onto whiteboards for an interactive lesson. Click on the page below for your copy :)
Here's a quick music + sound effects in movies activity. Perfect during Hallowe'en season!