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Day One of a Week Long Spider Unit for Kindergarteners

written by: ARobin • edited by: Laurie Patsalides • updated: 8/8/2012

This series contains a week's worth of lessons and is perfect for fall, around Halloween. This first lesson kicks of the unit by exploring spiders and their webs with your class. The unit is structure with four days of lessons, games, and projects, and ends the week with a party.

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    Materials Requirements and Class Preparation

    Wolf Spider - Image Credit: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=3186&picture=wolf-spider This first day of lessons and activities will consist of creepy, crawly spiders. The students in your class will be able to distinguish a few spiders, know basic spider facts as well as the importance of working together on a few projects.

    To present today's lesson in its full capacity, here are a few things that you will need:

    • Picture of different spiders and their webs.
      • Note - These pictures can be found by doing a simple search online and printing each photo.
      • You can also find spider picture books at your local library.
    • Double-sided tape
    • Embroidery hoop
    • Black thread
    • Black construction paper
    • Black paper cut into strips
    • Wiggle eyes
    • Black yarn
    • 2 pieces of poster board
    • Mini craft pompoms (black)
    • Self-adhesive Velcro
    • Pre-cut spiders
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    Circle Time Discussion

    • Discuss spiders and how they make webs to live in as well as for catching their food.
    • Discuss spider safety: Spiders will leave you alone, if you leave them alone. Never play with a spider.
    • Explain that some spiders are poisonous. Show pictures of poisonous spiders.
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    Create a Spider Web Activity

    • Make sticky spider webs by wrapping double sided tape around an embroidery hoop in a web like design.
    • Wad up pieces of black sewing thread and allow children to throw the thread pieces onto the web.
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    Spider Art Activity

    • On large piece of black construction paper, draw two circles, one about half of the size of the other.
    • Attach the circles together to make a head and body (similar to a snowman).
    • Fold strips of paper into an accordion fold. Attach legs to body, four on each side.
    • Attach wiggle eyes onto the face.
    • Puncture a small hole into the body of the spider. Insert a piece of black yarn and form a knot to keep in place. Secure the knot with tape or glue to ensure that the knot will not come loose.
    • Hang spiders from the ceiling.
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    Math Skills

    Spider Count

    • You will need, the poster board, mini craft pompoms, and self- adhesive Velcro for this activity.
    • On the poster board, trace a drinking glass to form several small circles.
    • Draw spider web designs inside of each circle.
    • Write a number on each web and adhere the correct number of Velcro pieces to each web.
    • Adhere opposite side of Velcro on each pompom.
    • Instruct the children to identify the number and stick the correct amount of spiders on the the web.
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    Language Skills

    Spider Rhymes

    • You will need the poster board and pre-cut spiders for this activity.
    • Write a word on each spider web
    • Write a corresponding rhyming word on each spider.
    • Adhere Velcro to spiders and web.
    • Instruct children to attach the spider to the appropriate rhyming word.
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    Suggested Reading

    • How Spider Saved The Baseball Game by Robert Kraus
    • Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott

References

  • Wolf Spider - Image Credit: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=3186&picture=wolf-spider

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