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Today, we explored the nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” with our curriculum from Experience Early Learning (formally Mother Goose Time). I told the students we would be making 4 different kinds of webs. They were excited. One of my students was really excited and had even brought his own pretend spider to use in our games.
First, we started the day by reciting the nursery rhyme. I asked each student what it would be like if they were a spider. What would you do? Most of them said they would build their webs. They all wanted colorful webs. We talked about why they think webs are sticky. And I asked, “How does the spider move around the web and not get stuck?” They had some good answers. I loved the discussion we had and I love that they were critically thinking.
Web #1 was the student’s favorite web (until we got to web #4. Then, web #4 became the favorite). For web #1, the students helped me make the web with masking tape. We laid it out so that the sticky side was facing out. We took turns rolling the pocket cube. The pocket cube had the letters we are learning for the week inside the pockets. This week we are learning: A, G, and Q. The student identified the letter, then found a picture in the pile that starts with that letter. We stuck that picture to the sticky tape web. We played the game until all the pictures were chosen. Then, I had the students pick a picture to take off the sticky web. Before they could take it off, they had to tell us the first sound they hear in that word. This game by Experience Early Learning was helping students listen for the beginning sounds in words.
Web #2 was fun for me, but probably the student’s least favorite web. I gave them string. They helped me tape string to the table to make a web. We played a matching game. Once the students got a match they ran it over to our web and placed both cards inside the web. We played the game until all the matches were found.
Web #3 was a craft project. We made spider webs with paper plates, strings, tape, and glue. The students also added some sequins. Some of them said the sequins were bugs that their spider web had caught, and others said it was for decoration on their spider’s web. They all turned out unique and the students had fun playing with them.
Web #4 quickly became everyone’s favorite web. We sat in a circle in chairs. Then, we sang, “Itsy Bitsy Spider” while we passed and tossed string around the circle. When we had the string, we wrapped it around our chair and tossed it to someone else. We soon had created a very large web that we were a part of. We took turns going inside the web. We pretended to be spiders. We pretended to be bugs. The students loved this game so much. They all played this game during free play time as well. I was watching them explore the station on their own and seeing them change the web to what they wanted it to look like was fun. After a while, the web became laser beams and the students were spies. They all have quite an imagination.
At snack time, the students continued to pretend to be spiders. They used their snack to make fangs on themselves. They were all very proud of themselves for their spider fangs.
I have loved exploring nursery rhymes this month. It has been so fun! I have loved getting reminded of some that are not so well known and I have loved exploring deeper into the more well-known nursery rhymes. Next week, we will continue to explore more nursery rhymes.