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In this mini-lesson, students explore the huge variety of spiders that exist. Whether one finds spiders creepy or not, it's argued that they can be fascinating. In the activity, Spider Climber, students work together to build a spider out of paper that can climb up a string!Preview activity
|Spider Climber (Grades 3-5) printout||Print 30 copies|
|Spider Climbers (Grades K-2) printout||Print 30 copies|
Colored pencils or markers will also work.
Scrap Paper (8.5 x 11")
Sticker Labels (1" x 3")
The activity will not work if small stickers are used. Long pieces of tape can work.
String will also work.
We suggest students work in pairs. Homeschool students will need a partner to help. Students will need a little bit of space in the classroom to spread out for testing their Spider Climbers.
Cut your yarn so that each student will have a piece that is about 6 feet (2 meters) long.
You may want to separate your supplies for easier classroom distribution. In addition to their Spider Climber template, each student will need the following supplies:
If a Spider Climber doesn’t run up its string, make sure that the string is not taped to the inside of the template, and also make sure students are holding the ruler and not the string when they are in the “Fly” role. The climber will only work if the string is able to move freely.
For the younger grades, we have provided three Spider Climber templates, each picturing a different spider (Jumping Spider, Crab Spider, and Orb Spider). In a class, we suggest giving students a choice of which spider they’d like to color. If students finish early, you can have them color in the other spider templates.
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