Lesson plans, activities, and other resources to teach students about bugs and insects of all shapes and sizes.
Students will "recognize that animals and plants are living things that grow, reproduce, and need food, air, and water." -Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework
- Be Nice to Spiders by Margaret Bloy Grahm
- Assorted books about spiders (these might include identification guides, picture books, fact sheets, nature magazines, printouts from online, etc.)
- Drawing paper
- Colored pencils
- Chart paper
- Method for binding pages into a book (staplers, binder and three-hole puncher, etc.)
Set Up and Prepare
Since students will be researching spiders to illustrate and write a page for a class book, you will need to decide how long you would like them to work on it. For young students, 20 to 30 minutes for research may suffice, with 40 to 50 minutes for writing and illustrating.
Step 1: Inform students that they will be working on a class book about spiders. Use the chart paper to assign a type of spider to each student. (You may choose to have students work in pairs.) Students should then use the gathered resources to research their spider.
Step 2: Using the drawing paper and colored pencils, students should illustrate their spider, making sure to draw it in its habitat and paying special attention to its web. Note: Before students begin to draw, you will need to let them know if they should hold their paper horizontally or vertically.
Step 3: Students should use the writing pencils to write a caption for their illustration.
Step 4: When the pages are complete, bind them to create a book.
Step 5: Have each student share his or her page with the class.
Supporting All Learners
It's important to find out if you have poisonous spiders in your area. Students should be educated about venomous local spiders so they don't attempt to capture one to share at school.
Read excerpts from E.B. White's Charlotte's Web. Then have students use the research they've done to try to identify Charlotte's species.