Spiders Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

A lot of people are scared of spiders. Spiders are actually quite interesting! In this lesson, students will explore the world of spiders and take a closer look at these creepy-crawlies.

Lesson Objectives

In this lesson, students will:

  • Identify characteristics of spiders
  • Differentiate between multiple types of spiders
  • Create a comparison chart

Length

45-50 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

Materials

  • Paper/pens or access to an electronic method for creating a chart.

Instructions

  • Begin by introducing the related lesson: Spiders: Facts and Types.
  • Read the introduction and the first section, What Are Spiders? and discuss:
    • How many legs do spiders have? How many body segments?
    • How do spiders catch their prey?
    • Why do you think people are so afraid of spiders?
  • Read the next section, Jumping Spiders and discuss:
    • Size
    • Color
    • Natural habitat
    • Type of home
    • Dangerous or not
    • What characteristics are unique to jumping spiders?
    • Name a specific spider that falls into the jumping spider category.
  • Read the section, Burrowing Spiders and discuss:
    • Size
    • Color
    • Natural habitat
    • Type of home
    • Dangerous or not
    • What characteristics are unique to burrowing spiders?
    • Name a specific spider that falls into the burrowing spider category.
  • Read about Web-Spinning Spiders and discuss:
    • Size
    • Color
    • Natural habitat
    • Type of home
    • Dangerous or not
    • What characteristics are unique to web-spinning spiders?
    • Name a specific spider that falls into the web-spinning spider category.
  • Read the Lesson Summary.
    • As you review, ask students to remind you of the special characteristics of each type of spider.
    • Also ask students to recall at least one example of a spider that fits into each category as it is discussed.

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