Engage your class in an exciting hands-on experience learning all about spiders! This Spiders: An Animal Study is perfect for science in Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classrooms and packed full of inviting science activities.
Students will learn about the difference between spiders and insects, parts of a spider, a spider’s life cycle, and many more fun facts. When students are done they can complete a spider research project. This pack is great for homeschoolers, kids craft activities, and to add to your unit studies!
Inside You Will Find:
-Science Lesson Plans for the week
-Definition Posters – 6 pages
-Spider and Insect Venn Diagram Anchor Chart Pieces – 2 pages
-Spider and Insect PowerPoint – 12 pages
-Spider and Insect Posters (exact same as PowerPoint above) – 12 pages
-Spider and Insect Writing – 1 page
-Spider and Insect Posters – 2 pages
-Spider and Insect Sort (with real animal pictures) – 7 pages
-Spider and Insect Worksheet – 1 page
-Spider PowerPoint – 12 pages
-Spider Posters (exact same as PowerPoint above) – 12 pages
-Life Cycle of a Spider – 12 pages
-Parts of a Spider Poster – 1 page
-Parts of a Spider Worksheet – 2 pages
-Spider Venom Experiment Recording Page – 1 page
-Spider Fact Book (2 versions included) – 3 pages
-Spider Research Project Craftivity – 3 pages
Materials Needed for Spiders: An Animal Study:
- paper or cardstock
- laminating pouches
- double sided tape, adhesive magnetic strips, or stapler
- vis-a-vie markers
Getting Spiders: An Animal Study Ready:
This particular resource is full of an assortment of activities and centers, therefore, preparation will vary. Below is a quick rundown of each component in the Spiders: An Animal Study.
Science Lesson Plans for the Week
Throughout the week students will be completing science activities about spiders. They will learn the difference between a spider and in insect, a spider’s life cycle, parts of a spider, the importance of a web, and apply everything they have learned at the end of the week by creating a spider fact book or spider research project.
There are six different definition posters to help students better understand key vocabulary words about spiders.
Spiders and Insects PowerPoint and Posters
The twelve page PowerPoint that describes the similarities and differences between spiders and insects. Real pictures are included. If you do not have access to a computer, there are identical posters that you can use instead.
Spider and Insect Picture Sort and Worksheet
Since spiders are commonly thought to be insects, I thought it would be fun to include an insect and spider sort to help students better learn the difference between the two. There are two definition posters for this lesson, as well as 24 real pictures of animals for students to sort according to whether or not they are a spider or an indect. Upon completion of the lesson, students can complete a worksheet.
Spiders and Insects Venn Diagram
As a class, everyone will complete a spiders and insects Venn Diagram. The pieces to complete this activity are included. Students can complete a spider and insect comparison worksheet when finished.
Spider PowerPoint and Posters
The twelve page PowerPoint that introduces students to spiders. Real pictures are included. If you do not have access to a computer, there are identical posters that you can use instead.
Life Cycle of a Spider
This includes five posters that show the life cycle of a spider with real pictures and then five posters that show the life cycle of a spider with clipart. Students can complete a spider life cycle worksheet after the lesson.
Parts of a Spider
There is a poster that shows the different parts of a spider. Upon completion of the lesson, students will complete a worksheet that will require them to label the different parts of a spider.
Spider Venom Experiment
You will discuss how a spider injects venom into it’s prey, before eating it. There will be a neat experiment that will help students understand this concept. Students will complete a worksheet while doing the experiment.
Spider Fact Book
This is perfect for younger students that are not quite ready for a research project. The Spider Fact Book craftivity has students apply everything that they have learned during the week. They will write five facts about spiders and illustrate each fact. For students that are unable to write just yet, the five spider facts are already written and students will simply illustrate each fact.
Spider Research Project Craftivity
If you would like your students to complete a spider research project, this craftivity is for you! Students will research a spider’s appearance, habitat, behaviors, diet, predators, and adaptations. There is also a source page so students can list where they found the information.
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