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October 10, 2016

Spider Activities Your Class Will Love!

By Shari Carter
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    Young children are fascinated with creepy crawly creatures. Teaching a spider unit in the fall is a perfect way to take advantage of this high interest. Thematic units are engaging and fun to teach, but they are also a great vehicle to integrate content areas in a way that makes sense to children. Engaging themes help children make connections to the real world and get them super excited about learning.

    Read on for some great activities, crafts, and books (including a great "spin" on a web) to plunge your students into the world of spiders!

     

    • Spider Web Addition

    My kids really enjoyed Spider Web Addition. They worked in partners and took turns placing the little spiders on the mat. After the spiders were in the webs, the kids counted how many were in the first web, recorded the number, and then did the same thing with the second web. Next, they counted the spiders in both of the webs after the addends were written on the mat. Finally, they wrote the sum on the mat and transferred the number sentence to the Spider Web Math recording sheet.

     

    • Spider Informational Writing

    We wrote facts about spiders after completing a spider directed drawing lesson. My kids always love when I teach them how to draw! After they did a fantastic job drawing a realistic spider, they counted the body parts and recorded them on their Spider Fact writing paper.

     

    • Spider Craft

    You can also make a cute, little spider to go with your spider facts paper. Whichever activity you decide to do, I am confident your little learners will have FUN creating their spiders!

     

    • Fine Motor Spider Webs

    I have to be honest. This activity was much more difficult for my kids than I thought it would be. I was thankful when one of our parent volunteers arrived just shortly after we began. Even though it was hard, the kids had a great time weaving their webs. The kids happily helped each other (which is such a joy to see) and boy, weaving these webs was such a great exercise for strengthening those little hands. 

     

    • Yummy Spider Snacks

    In kindergarten, our Fridays are called, “Friday Funday!” What better time to make and eat a yummy spider snack! The kids follow directions to patiently make an edible spider. The most difficult part about it is trying to keep the cookie from breaking and of course — waiting to eat it!

    To make spider snacks with your children, you will need the following items:

    • Double Stuff Oreo cookies

    • (1) can vanilla frosting

    • M&M minis (one canister goes a long, long way)

    • Pretzel sticks

    • Paper plates and napkins

     

    • Favorite Videos

    Here are some great spider videos for you and your students to watch and learn from:

    19 Facts About Spiders: This is a super cute, animated video your kids will love to watch while they learn lots of important facts about spiders. 100 percent engaging and totally geared for the youngest of audiences!

    The Very Busy Spider: Here is a charming read-aloud of The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. A timeless story your kids will love listening to. This has always been one of my favorite books to read during our spider unit. 

    • Printable Resources from Scholastic

    I love Scholastic Printables! They are the most teachable printables right at your fingertips. No need for filing cabinets; you can keep all of your favorite activities in your online filing cabinet that comes with each subscription. No matter what theme I am teaching, there are always tons of activities and ideas to enrich my lessons. Here are a few to go with your spider theme:

    Questions for a Spider

     

    Spider: Thematic Song

     

    Creepy Cracker Spider

     

    Children learn best when they are interested in what they are learning. I hope you and your students have as much fun with this spider theme as we did. I would love to hear about what activities you use teach your students about creepy crawly creatures. Please share your tips in the comment section below!

    Don't forget to subscribe to my blog on Scholastic Top Teaching if you would like to get my latest posts delivered right to your inbox. 

    Thanks you for your support and love!

    Hope your October is filled with lots of creepy crawly fun!

    Shari :) 

     

     

    Check out my other blog posts!

    Young children are fascinated with creepy crawly creatures. Teaching a spider unit in the fall is a perfect way to take advantage of this high interest. Thematic units are engaging and fun to teach, but they are also a great vehicle to integrate content areas in a way that makes sense to children. Engaging themes help children make connections to the real world and get them super excited about learning.

    Read on for some great activities, crafts, and books (including a great "spin" on a web) to plunge your students into the world of spiders!

     

    • Spider Web Addition

    My kids really enjoyed Spider Web Addition. They worked in partners and took turns placing the little spiders on the mat. After the spiders were in the webs, the kids counted how many were in the first web, recorded the number, and then did the same thing with the second web. Next, they counted the spiders in both of the webs after the addends were written on the mat. Finally, they wrote the sum on the mat and transferred the number sentence to the Spider Web Math recording sheet.

     

    • Spider Informational Writing

    We wrote facts about spiders after completing a spider directed drawing lesson. My kids always love when I teach them how to draw! After they did a fantastic job drawing a realistic spider, they counted the body parts and recorded them on their Spider Fact writing paper.

     

    • Spider Craft

    You can also make a cute, little spider to go with your spider facts paper. Whichever activity you decide to do, I am confident your little learners will have FUN creating their spiders!

     

    • Fine Motor Spider Webs

    I have to be honest. This activity was much more difficult for my kids than I thought it would be. I was thankful when one of our parent volunteers arrived just shortly after we began. Even though it was hard, the kids had a great time weaving their webs. The kids happily helped each other (which is such a joy to see) and boy, weaving these webs was such a great exercise for strengthening those little hands. 

     

    • Yummy Spider Snacks

    In kindergarten, our Fridays are called, “Friday Funday!” What better time to make and eat a yummy spider snack! The kids follow directions to patiently make an edible spider. The most difficult part about it is trying to keep the cookie from breaking and of course — waiting to eat it!

    To make spider snacks with your children, you will need the following items:

    • Double Stuff Oreo cookies

    • (1) can vanilla frosting

    • M&M minis (one canister goes a long, long way)

    • Pretzel sticks

    • Paper plates and napkins

     

    • Favorite Videos

    Here are some great spider videos for you and your students to watch and learn from:

    19 Facts About Spiders: This is a super cute, animated video your kids will love to watch while they learn lots of important facts about spiders. 100 percent engaging and totally geared for the youngest of audiences!

    The Very Busy Spider: Here is a charming read-aloud of The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. A timeless story your kids will love listening to. This has always been one of my favorite books to read during our spider unit. 

    • Printable Resources from Scholastic

    I love Scholastic Printables! They are the most teachable printables right at your fingertips. No need for filing cabinets; you can keep all of your favorite activities in your online filing cabinet that comes with each subscription. No matter what theme I am teaching, there are always tons of activities and ideas to enrich my lessons. Here are a few to go with your spider theme:

    Questions for a Spider

     

    Spider: Thematic Song

     

    Creepy Cracker Spider

     

    Children learn best when they are interested in what they are learning. I hope you and your students have as much fun with this spider theme as we did. I would love to hear about what activities you use teach your students about creepy crawly creatures. Please share your tips in the comment section below!

    Don't forget to subscribe to my blog on Scholastic Top Teaching if you would like to get my latest posts delivered right to your inbox. 

    Thanks you for your support and love!

    Hope your October is filled with lots of creepy crawly fun!

    Shari :) 

     

     

    Check out my other blog posts!

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