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Materials Requirements and Class Preparation
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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- 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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- 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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- How Spider Saved The Baseball Game by Robert Kraus
- Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott
- Wolf Spider - Image Credit: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=3186&picture=wolf-spider