Basic Facts About Spiders Kindergarten Lesson with Art, Math, Rhyming Activity and More!

Materials Requirements and Class Preparation

Wolf Spider - Image Credit: https://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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

This post is part of the series: Kindergarten Harvest Lesoon Plans: Spiders

This is the first of a series of spider lesson plans created for the kindergarten classroom.
  1. Day One of a Week Long Spider Unit for Kindergarteners
  2. Day Two of the Spider Unit – All About Spider Webs
  3. "A Very Busy Spider" Lesson – Day 3 of a Week Long Spider Theme
  4. Kindergarten Week Long Spider Unit: Day Four – Make a Pinata
  5. Have a Spider Party! Day Five of a Week-Long Kindergarten Unit