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DC Spiders

School: Two Rivers Public Charter School

City/State: Washington, DC

Grade(s): 1

Format(s): Book

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Science and Technology, Visual Arts

Project Overview

Many people kill spiders because they think spiders are dangerous, scary, or gross!  First graders at Two Rivers Public Charter School decided to change
what people think about spiders by writing an e-book of scientific drawings and nonfiction first-person narratives to share the truth about spiders native to Washington, D.C.

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Demonstrates high caliber scientific writing by first-grade students
  • Excellent example of detailed scientific drawings
  • Appealing layout of work that highlights each student's contribution
  • Demonstrates the possibility and power of critique and revision

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can answer questions about details in informational text.
  • I can retell details in an informational text.
  • I can describe how two people, events, and/or ideas are connected in informational texts.
  • I can use text features to find important facts in informational text.
  • I can write an opinion piece (about a book) with a clear topic, support for my opinion, and closure.
  • I can include an ending to my informational text.
  • With support from adults, I can answer questions about things I’ve done or learned about.
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