This year we have been doing A LOT of talking about just how important it is to be thinking (and monitoring!!) as they read. So to play on that theme, we took a class session to brainstorm together just how similar spider webs are to thinking. (Who doesn’t love a fun comparing activity?) In partners, students brainstormed together, then we created one class chart of ideas. I modeled to the class how to take our brainstormed ideas and turn it into a paragraph comparing the two. I was very impressed with the creative ideas and all the higher level thinking that occurred!
We then wrote our final drafts, glued them to the right side of a large piece of black construction paper (what size is that? 12 x 18?), and added spider webs. We created our spider webs out of glue and– the fun, messy part (sorry my school custodians)– glitter. Some students even decided to add a creepy spider! We then added a title that I created ahead of time on colored paper for appeal. These pictures does not give it justice as to how wonderful they turned out!