The Magic School Bus Spins a Web
Field Trip Notes
What do you do when a 50-foot praying mantis menaces your town? Run like the wind...unless youre in Ms. Frizzles class and shes taken you on a field trip inside a science fiction film, circa 1950. The movies main character, the power-mad General Araneus, is determined to destroy the mantis, but Phoebe wants to trap it and save it! Shrinking to the size of real spiders, the kids discover how spiders construct a variety of silky snares, making them world-champion trappers. Can the kids save the mantis - and stop Araneus before its too late?
Tap Into a Trapper
Time: 30 minutes initially, then 10 minutes a day for observation
Group Size: 4-6
Carlos is afraid of spiders — until he discovers they are would-champion trappers. Your kids observe spiders in their habitats, in spider hotels that you make, or in both.
What You Need
Talk About It
Ask: Where have you seen spiders or webs? Why do spiders live there? (insects, other prey are around) What would you like to know about spiders?
Ask: If I walked into your room, what could I discover about you from all your things? Would I know as much from just one thing?
What To Do
Challenge kids to devise a way to trap houseflies. Suggest they look to spiders for trapping tips. Ask: What kid of traps do spiders make? Where do they put them? Set out the taps, and observe over a period of time. What makes a successful trap?