Spiders are creepy, yet awesome. I think a project all about spiders would be very interesting and engaging. Maybe during phase 2 kids could go to the zoo or a spider place and observe, discover different types of spiders.
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Students in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade will absolutely eat up a thematic study of spiders! Check out this fantastic post for cross-curricular activities for teaching about spiders to elementary students - the perfect way to tie in reading