Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.
After this lesson, students will be able to:
- define arachnids and exoskeleton
- discuss the life cycle of spiders
- illustrate the three life cycle stages
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
- Hard copies of the Life Cycle of a Spider: Lesson for Kids and lesson quiz
- Black poster boards
- Gel pens, markers and crayons
- Construction paper
- Life Cycle
- Begin this lesson by asking students to raise their hand if they're afraid of spiders.
- Then ask if anyone has been bitten or knows someone who has been bitten by a spider.
- Allow students to share their responses.
- Distribute a copy of the Life Cycle of a Spider: Lesson for Kids lesson, ask a volunteer to read 'The Stages of a Spider's Life Cycle' out loud to the class, then start the following discussion:
- What are arachnids?
- Approximately how many types of spiders exist in the world and where are they geographically concentrated?
- Define life cycle.
- Now select another student to read 'Stage One: The Spider Egg', then pose the following to the class:
- Describe an egg sac and its purpose.
- Explain where egg sacs are found.
- Next choose another volunteer to read 'Stage Two: Spiderlings' and ask the class to discuss these points:
- What is a molt? If available, quickly use your smart device or computer to define.
- Describe an exoskeleton.
- Explain stage two of a spider's life.
- Afterwards, select another student to read the remainder of the lesson and ask the class to discuss stage three of the life cycle. Require students to discuss how the molt plays a factor.
- Choose volunteers to explain their answer.
- Next distribute the lesson quiz to demonstrate learning and require students to complete in pairs.
- Begin the activity by asking students what they learned about spiders.
- Now tell students they are going to create an illustration over the three cycles.
- Pair students and distribute the black poster board, gel pens, markers, crayons, scissors and construction paper.
- Ask each pair to separate their poster into three sections and creatively draw the three stages of a spider's life cycle.
- Remind students that using gel pens on a black background creates a really cool fluorescent look.
- After each pair finishes, line up each poster board for a gallery walk.
- Depending on the maturity level of your class, students may anonymously vote for the best poster board.
- Give a small prize to winner.
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