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"A Very Busy Spider" Lesson - Day 3 of a Week Long Spider Theme

written by: ARobin • edited by: Laurie Patsalides • updated: 9/11/2012

Teach your kindergarten class about spiders and their webs by using activities such as art, math and language skills. This lesson uses the classic and much loved book "A Very Busy Spider" by Eric Carle.

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    Materials and Lesson Preparation

    very-busy-spider In the Wednesday or Day 3 section of this series on spiders, your class will be learning more about spiders, there are a few things that you will need to be able to present this lesson to its fullest potential.

    • The Very Busy Spider by, Eric Carle
    • Golf balls (one for each child)
    • Paper plate
    • Washable white paint
    • Wet wipes
    • Black construction paper (one for each child)
    • Pre-cut spiders
    • Note cards
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    Circle Time Discussion

    • Review spider facts and webs.
    • Review pictures and learn the names of a few spiders.
    • Read the story The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
    • Discuss the events in the story.

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    Art Activity - Make Golf Ball Spider Webs

    This project promotes creativity and helps build fine motor skills.

    • Instruct children to dip golf balls into dish of white paint.
    • Children should be prepared to get their fingers covered in paint. (Provide wet wipes to allow them to wipe their fingers.)
    • Instruct the children to roll the paint covered golf ball onto the black paper, making a web design on the paper.
    • When paint is dried, encourage children to draw spiders on the web.
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    Math Skills

    You will need the 2 sets of pre-cut spiders for this activity.

    • Write numbers 0-9 on one set.
    • Write numbers 1-9 on the second set.
    • Instruct the children to put two spiders together, then identify the two digit number that is created.
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    Language Skills

    Take the descriptive list from the previous (Day 2) language skill lesson.

    • Write some of the words onto note cards.
    • Arrange the note cards face down.
    • Play a game of charades with the children.
    • Instruct one child at a time to choose a card, assist the children when reading the action to be performed.
    • Encourage the children to guess the spider actions.
    • Note - Another way to play the game is to allow the child who guesses correctly to be the next person to choose a card.
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    Additional Suggested Reading

    • Miss Spider's Tea Party by David Kirk
    • Spiders by Gail Gibbons
    • Eensy, Weensy Spider by Joanne Oppenheim