Mrs. Baker's Second Grade Class
Pine Tree Elementary
Longview, Texas


We read many books about Fall. Our favorite book was Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. The students learned about the life cycle of a spider while reading about Charlotte. This inspired many students to research spiders during independent study time. They used non-fiction books like Outside and Inside Spiders to research more about spiders. Then each child organized their facts using Kidspiration. As a final product, they wrote a poem about spiders using the Important Book format.

Here are some of the poems:

The important thing about spiders is that spiders make silk most of their life.
Fishing spiders hang over water catch insects!
The tarantula is one of the biggest spiders in the world.
 Most spiders lay about 100 eggs.
 But, the most important thing about spiders is spiders make silk most for their life.
by: Irvin

The important thing about spiders is that spiders make webs to catch food.
Some spiders that build web traps stay on the webs' hub to catch their food.
Spiders use silk to protect their eggs.
Spiders depend on their silk to keep them safe.
 But, the important thing about spiders is that spiders make webs to catch food.
 by: Avery

Here are the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) that relate to this project:

LA 2.20c Take simple notes from relevant sources
LA 2.20d Compile noted into outlines
Science 2.6d Observe and record the functions of animal parts
 Science 2.8a Identify characteristics to living organisms
Science 2.9a Identify external characteristics of different kinds of animals that allow their needs to be met Technology 2.1 b Start and exit programs, as well as, create, name and save files

Patricia Knox & Susan Silverman - Fall Into Autumn 2004