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Students design a class newspaper all about their study of crickets, including illustrations and various sections of the newspaper, like sports, jokes, articles, food, and reviews. Students create a plan to design a cricket from food items and write a recipe to go with it. Students share their stories, riddles, jokes, and reviews throughout the process.
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.
Students explore the different habitats of spiders.
First in a two-part lesson on the greenhouse effect, this lesson involves a classroom demonstration of the phenomenon, and a lab group experiment with color and absorption. Although there are easier ways to demonstrate the greenhouse effect, this clever method makes the thermometers easy to read.
Second graders explore a spider's particular body parts. Live spiders are observed over the course of a few days to see how sound, light, and movement affect the spiders.
Second graders explore the characteristics of spiders. In this spider lesson, 2nd graders compare and contrast spiders and insects. Students identify and label spider parts. Students also record their observations of live spiders.
Students participate in a variety of cross-curriculur activities in order to explore spiders.
Students explore an exhibit through an interactive program on frogs. They can listen to the different sounds frogs make and the different types of frogs. They search for the types of frogs they find in their local area.
Fourth graders observe objects in science and create a contour picture of the the object.  In this arts and science observation lesson plan, 4th graders develop a clay sculpture of their object.  Students generate a list of texture words to describe their object.
Students identify and describe local poisonous plant/animals. They compare characteristics of three local ecosystems and describe common plants from different ecosystems; comparing shapes, colors, textures, and measuring sizes.
Students study different kinds of animals and what group they belong to.  In this animal classification lesson students view different animals and sort them by what group they belong to, for example a snake is in the reptile group. 
Students explore the different types of enemies that spiders have.

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