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What is the biggest spider in the world?
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DISCUSS (1 of 2):

How do you feel about spiders?

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DISCUSS (2 of 2):

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

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Overview
Grade K-5
Topic Current Events And Trending Topics
Focus Biodiversity & Adaptations
Print Prep
Activity Prep

NOTE: This is our Halloween activity from 2018. It’s possible your students did this last year, so if it’s important that you do something new, we recommend trying our 2019 Halloween mini-lesson and activity, "What would happen if you didn't have a skull?"
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

Number of students:
Crayons
Colored pencils or markers will also work.
Details
90 crayons
Rulers
30 rulers
Scrap Paper (8.5 x 11")
30 sheets
Sticker Labels (1" x 3")
The activity will not work if small stickers are used. Long pieces of tape can work.
Details
120 stickers
Yarn
String will also work.
Details
180 feet
Spider Climber (Grades 3-5) printout Print 30 copies
Spider Climbers (Grades K-2) printout Print 30 copies
Prep Instructions

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.

Prepare Yarn

Cut your yarn so that each student will have a piece that is about 6 feet (2 meters) long.

Separate Supplies for Distribution

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:

Spider Climber supplies

Teacher Tips

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.

Spider Climbers (Grades K-2)

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.

Overview
Grade K-5
Topic Current Events And Trending Topics
Focus Biodiversity & Adaptations