Spider Activities Nonfiction Reading Unit

I LOVE doing spider activities in October. The children learn the difference between an insect and a spider and how important they are to our environment. The focus reading strategy for this week is fact and details although there is SO MUCH more included. This unit includes daily lesson planspostersparent connect letter, original strategy songs, comprehension strategies, literacy connectionsextension activitiessort activities, and crafts. A digital spider book is also included that can be opened as a pdf file or PowerPoint.


Read all about this AMAZING spider week here!

Books Featured:

  • Spiders by Gail Gibbons
  • Diary of a Spider by Cronin
  • I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton
  • Spiders Mini Book by Megan Mitchell
  • National Geographic Spiders by Marsh

Word Work:

  • Making Words, Word Search, Syllables, Alphabetizing, Asking vs. Telling, Fact vs. Opinion
  • Spider Crafts and Poster to display
  • Posters for KWL, Schema Chart, Can, Have, and Are
  • Building Schema-Before and After Learning about Spiders
  • Spider Mini Book-Copy 2 per page and cut in half
  • Digital Version Now Included with REAL PHOTOS
  • Non-fiction Text Features Hunt
  • Spider Word Wall
  • Parent Connect Letter
  • Fact & Details Song


  • Non-fiction Prewriting and Writing
  • Opinion Prewriting, Writing and Survey
  • Similes
  • Can, Have, and Are Writing
  • 8 page research project!

There are also blank templates so you can incorporate any book with the literacy connections.

This is part of a weekly series of units covering different reading strategies throughout the year: Guided Reading with a Purpose MEGA BUNDLE

This unit pairs perfectly with my Spiders True or False Activity

©Megan Mitchell