Grades 3 and 4: Theme: Living Things

3rd Grade Theme Book: Spiders!


3rd Grade Official Supplemental Books


3rd Grade Other Supplemental Books

What other books do you use with Spiders!? Please share here. This could include books for students or teacher resource books.

Technology Ideas

  • Use Kidspiration to compare and contrast different insects or to create a Spider concept map.
  • Use a digital camera to document the growth, experiments, and learning from your Insect and Arachnid Zoo.
  • Connect to a Zookeeper via Skype to learn about insects and spiders. (If you have H323 standards based videoconferencing, there are many zoos offering great programs for schools.) You could also email your local zoo and see if they would be willing to let you connect via Skype.
  • Create a class slideshow that illustrates different ways that spiders avoid their enemies. Include connections to how we can avoid Satan's traps. Show the slideshow in church!
  • Have students create their research poster digitally using a tool like Glogster EDU or KidPix, Pixie, or other drawing program.
  • Create a class sideshow of spider poetry. Illustrate with pictures from your class Insect and Arachnid Zoo.
  • Have students create a slide show of the life cycle of a spider. Use the internet to find pictures to illustrate each stage.
  • Create a class slideshow (one slide per student or pair) featuring God's amazing creation. Show the slideshow in church next Sabbath.
  • Have students write their own Itsy Bitsy Spider story and illustrate it. Use software like KidPix or Pixie. Kids could work in pairs.

Websites


"In Real Life" Ideas

Non-technology ideas, field trips, author/expert visits, community resources and ideas, etc.
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  • Visit a pet store where tarantulas are sold and let the store owner hold one for the class.


Lesson Plans


Learning Center Plans

  • Class written learning center plans will be added here.



4th Grade Theme Book: Where the Waves Break: Life at the Edge of the Sea


4th Grade Official Supplemental Books

  • International Children’s Bible, New Century Version. Word Publishing, 1988.
  • Into the Sea by Brenda Z. Guiberson. Henry Holt & Company, Inc., 2000.
  • The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown. HarperCollins Publishers, 1990.
  • The Legend of the Sand Dollar: An Inspirational Story of Hope for Easter by Chris Auer. Zonderkidz, 2005.
  • Christ’s Object Lessons by Ellen G. White. Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1993
  • The Seashore Book by Charlotte Zolotow. HarperCollins Publishers, 1992.
  • "Izzard" by Lonzo Anderson and "Let's Begin at the Beginning" by Mary E. Nelson.
  • A Time to Weave by Patricia Habada, Gary B. Swanson, Sally J. McMillan, LuWana J. Kumalea. Adventist Life Reading Series Level 10. The Department of Education, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 1983.
  • Diving into Oceans (Ranger Rick’s Naturescope Series) by Sandra Stotsky and The National Wildlife Federation. Chelsea House Publishers, 1998.

4th Grade Other Supplemental Books

What other books do you use with Where the Waves Break: Life at the Edge of the Sea? Please share here. This could include books for students or teacher resource books.
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Technology Ideas

  • Connect to a Zoo or Aquarium via Skype to learn about insects and spiders. (If you have H323 standards based videoconferencing, there are many zoos offering great programs for schools. For example, the Alaska SeaLife Center has a great program on tidepools.) You could also email your local zoo and see if they would be willing to let you connect via Skype.
  • Use Skype to connect to another Adventist school that lives near the ocean. Have them share pictures and experiences of exploring what lives in tide pools.
  • Use a digital camera to document the learning from your classroom observation center. Compile into a class slideshow.
  • Create your KWL or concept map in Kidspiration or Inspiration.
  • Create an illustrated class slideshow with seashore poetry. Include illustrations from your classroom observation center. Show at a parent night.
  • Connect to another class in an area that has had a recent oil spill (Skype is a great tool for this). Find out how the oil spill has affected the environment and the people in the area. What methods are they using locally to clean up?
  • Have students work in pairs or small groups to create ocean object lessons. Document into a class slideshow and share in church.
  • Have students write their own "the important thing about" sentences. Could be about the school, each student, family members, the ocean, etc. Illustrate in KidPix, Pixie, PowerPoint, or other slideshow tools.
  • Instead of having students write a "Very Important Book" as suggested in the Pathways Daily Lesson Guide, have them do it using technology like VoiceThread. They could make illustrations, photograph them with a digital camera and then add them to a VoiceThread file and add their text as narration. Any digital storytelling software could work.

Websites


"In Real Life" Ideas

Non-technology ideas, field trips, author/expert visits, community resources and ideas, etc.
  • Add them here

Lesson Plans


Learning Center Plans

  • Class written learning center plans will be added here.


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