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Today we are talking about one of the stealthiest, sneakiest, and most intriguing insects of all times, the spider. Learners will examine the predatory nature of these super bugs as they conduct a spider safari survey. Each child will observe a spider in their home or yard for 30 minutes, research that spider's particular habits and hunting strategies, and then present their findings to the class. This is a really fun learning idea that can be used with any unit on spiders or insects.
Anansi the spider teaches young readers the importance of sharing with others in this fun African folktale. Offering clear illustrations and repetitive structure, this printable book is ideal for developing children's reading fluency.
Students see that spiders catch and eat their prey and are also caught and eaten by their enemies. They sort the pictures into animals that spiders eat, those they do not eat, and those that are spiders.
Second graders are introduced to the characteristics of spiders. In groups, they compare and contrast spiders to different insects to discover spiders are not an insect at all. In groups, they create a model of a spider and discuss its role as a predator. Using this information, they identify the needs of all animals and their adaptations to meet them.
Students state reasons why spiders are grouped in specific categories, including what distinguishes a spider from an insect. They report on their observations of the spiders. They illustrate their report with drawings in their journals.
Learners see that spiders have a life cycle, and reproduce by laying many eggs. We can count by ones, twos, fives, or as many as we want. They make two lists of animals on a chart.
Learners utilize their own drawings of spiders to analyze and sort the attributes that each student drew.
Youngsters explore visual arts by participating in a geometry identification activity. They read the book The Very Busy Spider and identify the techniques spiders use to create webs. Have you ever noticed that their webs are geometric designs. They practice finding the perimeter of a shape and utilize a SmartBoard to play a shape identification game.
Students explore U.S. history by reading a Native American tale in class. In this cultural storytelling activity, students read the story How Grandmother Spider Stole the Sun and discuss the characters and themes of the Native American story. Students create puppets from the story and re-enact it with them.
Ninth graders examine the issue of killer spiders in Sydney, Australia. In this Sydney history lesson students read an article and answer guided reading questions. Students complete a quiz with a partner on the information that they have read. 
Students read books and make art projects dealing with spiders. In this spiders lesson plan, students learn about the different characteristics of spiders through listening, answering questions, and making spiders.
Students examine a spider web and record their observations in a journal. In this spider lesson plan, students read books about spiders and then create a research booklet based on their observations.
Students explore the different habitats of spiders.
Students create their own versions of The Eensy-Weensy Spider. In this creative writing lesson, students read The Eensy-Weensy Spider and imagine what else the spider could do. Students then draw a picture depicting the spider engaged in a new activity. An activity to create an Eensy-Weensy Spider is included.
Students explore the life cycle of spiders. In this organisms lesson, students study pictures of spiders and read facts about them. Students create and illustrate a Spider Shape Book.
Students participate in a variety of cross-curriculur activities in order to explore spiders.
Young scholars review information on a website which shows different types of spiders. They sort images of spiders from other insects. They create their own spider out of materials and share them with their classmates.
Students review the information they gathered on different websites to write a poem about spiders. They use other websites to gain more information if needed. They share their poem with the class.
Learners explore current events by answering study questions about an article. For this arachnids lesson, students read a recently published article which discusses the importance of spiders and their 8 legs. Learners answer study questions about the current event and complete word search activities as well.
Students explore insect life by participating in an art construction project. In this spider lesson, students read the story The Very Busy Spider and identify different shapes of the insect. Students utilize construction paper, yarn, scissors and other arts and crafts materials to create a paper spider in class.

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