Are spiders related to crabs? Study the order of arthropods with a reading selection about animal diversity. It provides details about each class within the order, as well as vivid pictures and explanatory charts. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use in conjunction with your unit on arthropods, or when covering animal and insect classification
  • Put your class into small groups or pairs and assign a shorter range of pages to read; they can report what they have learned to their classmates, possibly with visual aids
  • Bring in examples of arthropods if you can for kids to observe
  • Divide the class into three large groups to represent the arachnids, the horseshoe crabs, and the sea spiders; have them conduct research on their animals, play competitive learning games, or complete other activities (such as this reading assignment) in these groups
  • Bridge the lesson between a language arts class and a life science class by reading and analyzing the informational text in language arts, and conducting additional research or experiments in science
Classroom Considerations

  • Resource is in color, but should still be understandable if printed and copied in black-and-white

  • Page 46 has an excellent chart of the major orders of insects, complete with examples, characteristics, pictures, and approximate number of named species
  • Provides a strong summary of the chapter as well as nine comprehension questions

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