Halloween is just around the corner and while looking through our October files we began to feel a bit pumpkin-ed out by all of our regular go-to activities for the season. Each year we have done some kind of fun and interactive character activity, such as the Pumpkin Elf or the Candy Corn Bandit. While this has always been a HUGE hit with the kiddos we were feeling the need to try something new. This gave us the perfect excuse to be creative (otherwise known as "not getting our correcting done during our prep") One of our favorite book series to use during Writer's Workshop are the Diary of a Worm, Fly, and Spider books by Doreen Cronin. Being that spiders make the perfect Halloween character, we ran with it and this is the unit that we ended up with!
Keep in mind that while spiders are perfect for Halloween, this unit could really be used at any time of the year to teach all sorts of writing concepts including voice, point of view, friendly letters, diary entries and so much more!
Keep on dancing in your teacher shoes!
Deanna and Jenelle