SPIDER ACTIVITIES AND LESSON PLANS
Are you looking for a fun way to add spider activities to your classroom? These spider lesson plans kindergarten and first grade students are fantastic fun! Students learn about spiders while exploring nonfiction text features. Your students will love these reading response activities, anchor charts, and the cute spider craft using simple materials. Be sure to grab your free download at the end of this blog post.
Studying these creepy crawly creatures is a fun activity to add in the month of October.
As we know, some schools opt out of Halloween activities, so a spider theme is perfect for this time of the year.
I hope you will find a few fun spider activities that will make a great addition to your classroom.
Spider Activities and Lesson Plans
Each fall, we try to take a moment to learn all about arachnids! This National Geographic Kids book by Laura Marsh is an outstanding resource for elementary students. We use this nonfiction book to learn about the types of spiders, parts of a spider, and the life cycle of a spider.
It is one of my favorite spider books. Here are some images from the book!
These photographs may give you the creepy crawlies, but the images can’t be beat.
Each page is filled with spider information that is perfect for kindergarten and first grade students!
The various types of spider webs are amazing.
There are also different spider species identified in this book. Jumping spider… nope, just nope!
I love having the text for students to explore, especially when you are focusing on text features. Regardless of the grade level, students love the photographs of real spiders. The pictures in this book are vibrant and detailed. So I recommend making this a quick addition to your Amazon order or checking it out from your library.
Spider Lesson Plans Reading Comprehension
We use this spider book as an interactive read-aloud. We read the book multiple times. The teacher does the decoding, and the students, through discussion questions, make a deeper connection with the text.
Spider Activities Schema
There are several reading response activities that we have fun discussing and completing throughout our study of spiders. We start by sharing what we already know about spiders with this schema anchor chart.
Can you see the little spider art project?
After reading the book, we add the new learning to our chart. I like to have students share their schema within our whole group. I quickly jot down the new learning on a post-it note, and we add it to our anchor chart.
Then, students complete their own written responses and add the spider facts they learned from the book.
Spider Life Cycle Activities
We also explore the life cycle of a spider. Another anchor chart! Students cut and paste pictures to represent the spider’s life cycle. We explore this as part of a whole group science lesson.
Students create their own spider life cycle page too!
And, of course, we ask, “Do you think spiders are cool or creepy?” This is a great opportunity for kindergarten students to practice writing their opinions.
Your sweeties will love expressing their opinion and telling you ALL about it! A written opinion response is one of the best ways for students to make their thinking known.
We continue reading the book and learning about nonfiction text features throughout the week. We even add plastic spiders to hook our students’ interest.
By the end of the week, students build the schema needed to complete their own informational book in this spider unit. You will find printable spider students can label, a glossary, and more.
Spider Glyph Craft Activity
We celebrate our learning about spiders with a craft! It is a great way to reinforce the body parts of a spider. Making this spider craft is a great opportunity to strengthen fine motor skills as well.
I love easy spider crafts, especially when the supplies are simple:
- black construction paper
- other color construction paper
- If you wish, you can add googly eyes or make the spider’s eyes out of paper.
Did I mention that making the glyph is both informative and so much fun?
For the complete spider printable lesson plans and the student response activities, anchor chart pieces, craft patterns, and more. You can find the full lesson plan pack on Teachers Pay Teachers:
Here is a video version of the National Geographic Spider Book.
Here are a couple of other great spider videos for kids. Something fun to add in throughout the week! The first one is a short video.
Spider Interactive Notebook
This activity can be used as a student center activity or as a whole group learning task.
Students can listen to some spider facts, then follow the directions. Listening skills, science, and ELA skills all rolled into one!
SPIDER CENTER ACTIVITIES
Here are a few center activities your kiddos will love!
Students will practice writing uppercase letters and lowercase letters. They have to start at the spider!
Also, students will compare the number and share the spider who is less.
MORE FALL THEMED ACTIVITIES
You can find some fall nonfiction learning activities in the following blog posts:
- Fun Kindergarten Bat Activities And Lesson Plan Ideas (Free File)
- Owl Activities And Owl Reading Lesson Plans For K-1 (Free File)
Spider-themed activities Free File!
Here are a few photos of the free files you can get below!
Free Printable Spider Activity
Students will read the word, then write the word on the spider’s web. This is an editable file so you can add words or letters to the spider cards.
Spider Math Activity
This great activity strengthens math skills. Students will roll the die then write the numeral on a spider. Next, they will write the next two numbers.
You can add toy spiders, spider erasers, or spider rings to this math activity to make it a little more hands on!
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As we wrap up our spider-themed journey, I hope you found some fun ideas to add to your list of spider activities into your classroom.
With these engaging spider activities and lesson plans, your kindergarten and first-grade students love learningson fun facts about spiders. These reading, writing and fine motor activities are sure to please! . From interactive read-aloud sessions to creative crafts and insightful discussions, the adventure of exploring the spider world is both educational and fun.
So, whether your school celebrates with a Halloween party or celebrates October in different ways, a spider-themed week is a MUST!
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