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
This is such a cute lesson that taps into background knowledge and helps students organize the information they learn. SCIENCE: ACTIVATING SCHEMA AND FACT CHECKS (I wish I had this idea when I was introducing schema!
Lowes' Kindergarten Korner: Pumpkins Bubble Map-I need to start doing this to help them build schema about all the words we're trying to learn. It can be a weekly word, then add to it throughout the week.
Grade 1 - Earth and Space Science- Daily and seasonal changes. Have them brainstorm words and ideas that go with each season. If the classroom is having daily weather updates have the students predict the next season