Spiders are amazing! From the Spiderman cartoon and Charlotte's Web to the movie Arachnophobia, these creepy crawlers have always fascinated people. What's most unique about spiders is the way they catch their food; no other animal can spin beautiful tapestry webs to trap their food.
Here's a great project with a dual purpose! On the one hand, it's a really cute spider craft that kids can make using the materials we've included to gain an understanding of some of the distinctive features of a spider's anatomy. But wait, there's more! Hang it from a tree or plant, and the open "frame" serves as a canvas on which a spider can spin her web. Then watch as your new "spider pet" catches flies and climbs down her web to eat her prey!
Ages 4 and up.
Unit Goals and Concepts:
- Introduce spiders and other arachnids to your participants.
- Understand how and why spiders make webs.
- Discuss the different body parts of spiders.
- Create a spider web frame.
- Our specially designed foam spider web frame components, plus pipe cleaners, "googly" eyes and other materials for each participant to make a spider web frame.
- Our exclusive instructor's activity guide that provides instructors with everything they need to teach about spiders, plus a reproducible worksheet for your participants.
General: National Science Education Standard NS.K-4.3 and NS.5-8.3 Life Science.
Content Standard C: The Characteristics of Organisms (K-4)
Each plant or animal has different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction.
Organisms and their Environments (K-4)
An organism’s patterns of behavior are related to the nature of that organism’s environment.
Structure and Function in Living Systems (5-8)
Living systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the complementary nature of structure and function. Important levels of organization for structure and function include cells, organs, tissues, organ systems, whole organisms, and ecosystems.
Reproduction and Heredity (5-8)
Reproduction is a characteristic of all living systems; because no individual organism lives forever, reproduction is essential to the continuation of every species.
Specific (California standards):
(K.2c) Students know how to identify major structures of common plants and animals.
(1.2a) Students know different plants and animals inhabit different kinds of environments and have external features that help them thrive in different kinds of places.
(2.2d) Students know there is variation among individuals of one kind within a population.
(3.3a) Students know plants and animals have structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction.