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Beginning Exploration (1 of 5)
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Beginning Exploration (2 of 5)

DISCUSS (1 of 2):

How do you feel about spiders?

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Beginning Exploration (3 of 5)

DISCUSS (2 of 2):

What's the biggest spider you've ever seen?

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Beginning Exploration (4 of 5)
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Beginning Activity Prep
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Activity Prep for Grades K-2

In this activity, students will build a spider that can climb up a string. Students will examine the similarities and differences between three different types of spiders and will choose one of the templates below to color. They’ll attach their spider to a piece of yarn and work with a partner to make their spider climb up its string!

Step 1: Gather materials

Each student will need:

  • a ruler
  • crayons or colored pencils
  • 4 stickers (2 cm x 10 cm) or 4 long pieces of tape (Important note: The activity will not work if small stickers are used.)
  • 1 blank sheet of paper
  • 1 piece of yarn or string 2 meters (6 feet) long

Step 2: Print out materials

  • Each student will choose one of the spiders in the Spider Climber template . They can choose from the: Jumping Spider, Crab Spider, or Orb Spider

Since each student will choose only one of these templates, we recommend printing 15 of each type so there are enough for students to choose from. Alternately, you can poll your class beforehand to know how many of each template to print for the activity.

Step 3: Teacher Tips

Students will need a little bit of space in the classroom to spread out for testing their Spider Climbers. If a climber doesn’t run up the 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.


Activity Prep for Grades 3-5

In this activity, students will build a spider that can climb up a string. Students will examine the similarities and differences between three different types of spiders and choose one to make a scientific illustration of. Students will then attach their spider to a piece of yarn and work with a partner to make their spider climb up its string!

Step 1: Gather materials

Each student will need:

  • a pencil
  • a ruler
  • 4 stickers (2 cm x 10 cm) or 4 long pieces of tape (Important note: The activity will not work if small stickers are used.)
  • 1 blank sheet of paper
  • 1 piece of yarn or string 2 meters (6 feet) long

*Optional: crayons or colored pencils

Step 2: Print out materials

Step 3: Teacher Tips

Students will need a little bit of space in the classroom to spread out for testing their Spider Climbers. If a climber doesn’t run up the 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.

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Activity Prep for Grades K-2

In this activity, students will build a spider that can climb up a string. Students will examine the similarities and differences between three different types of spiders and will choose one of the templates below to color. They’ll attach their spider to a piece of yarn and work with a partner to make their spider climb up its string!

Step 1: Gather materials

Each student will need:

  • a ruler
  • crayons or colored pencils
  • 4 stickers (2 cm x 10 cm) or 4 long pieces of tape (Important note: The activity will not work if small stickers are used.)
  • 1 blank sheet of paper
  • 1 piece of yarn or string 2 meters (6 feet) long

Step 2: Print out materials

  • Each student will choose one of the spiders in the Spider Climber template . They can choose from the: Jumping Spider, Crab Spider, or Orb Spider

Since each student will choose only one of these templates, we recommend printing 15 of each type so there are enough for students to choose from. Alternately, you can poll your class beforehand to know how many of each template to print for the activity.

Step 3: Teacher Tips

Students will need a little bit of space in the classroom to spread out for testing their Spider Climbers. If a climber doesn’t run up the 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.

If you need the step by step instructions for older students, click here.

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Activity Prep for Grades 3-5

In this activity, students will build a spider that can climb up a string. Students will examine the similarities and differences between three different types of spiders and choose one to make a scientific illustration of. Students will then attach their spider to a piece of yarn and work with a partner to make their spider climb up its string!

Step 1: Gather materials

Each student will need:

  • a pencil
  • a ruler
  • 4 stickers (2 cm x 10 cm) or 4 long pieces of tape (Important note: The activity will not work if small stickers are used.)
  • 1 blank sheet of paper
  • 1 piece of yarn or string 2 meters (6 feet) long

*Optional: crayons or colored pencils

Step 2: Print out materials

Step 3: Teacher Tips

Students will need a little bit of space in the classroom to spread out for testing their Spider Climbers. If a climber doesn’t run up the 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.

If you need the step by step instructions for younger students, click here.

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