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Day Two of the Spider Unit - All About Spider Webs

By ARobin

In this second installment of the five-part series, your kindergarten class will learn about spider webs and participate in a fine motor art activity, practice math and language skills and have an overall great time while learning.

Materials and Preparation

Spider web. To be able to present this lesson plan in its fullest capacity, you should collect the following items prior to the start of class:

  • Reproducible picture of a spider web
  • Bug stickers
  • Black construction paper
  • Yarn cut into at least 4" pieces
  • Washable white paint
  • Note cards
  • Scrap pieces of yarn

Circle Time Discussion

  • Review spider web information.
  • Place a picture of the spider web somewhere in the circle time area.
  • As the children come to the circle time area, have them try to find the hidden spider web.
  • Once it is found, have the children sit around it.
  • Ask: "If you found a spider in the web, what should you do?"
  • While sitting around the web, place bug stickers on the floor.
  • Have the children choose a bug sticker and stick it onto the spider web.
  • Explain: "That is how spiders help the earth."

Art Activity - Make String Webs

  • Provide each child with a black piece of construction paper and a small amount of white paint.
  • Give each child a piece of yarn at least 4" long.
  • Instruct the children to dip yarn into the paint and sweep the string in a back and forth motion, creating a web design.
  • Before the paint dries, sprinkle glitter over the web.

Math Skills

  • On note cards, draw a series of shapes, give each child at least five cards each.
  • Instruct the students to trace each shape with liquid glue.
  • Children should cover the glue with yarn.
  • Allow to dry.

Language Skills

  • Ask the children to describe a spider. Record descriptive words on a chart.
  • Note - Answers will be used for a project in tomorrow's lesson, so be sure to save the words!
  • If possible, have a live tarantula in a jar for the children to closely examine. Ask children to describe its looks, movement and its size.

Suggested Reading

  • Be Nice To Spiders by Margaret Graham
  • The Lady And The Spider by Faith McNulty