Gearing up for Halloween or just want to study spiders and arachnids in association with a bug and insect unit theme? Here are 4+ activities for young learners to engage in, plus multiple extension activities and hands-on fun.
Don’t forget to check out some of the ways we played and learned about spiders in our Kindergarten learning theme. Included are hands-on games, book recommendations, and other ways you can engage early learners.
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Printable Spider Activities
Included in this resource package are the following:
- “A sticky, spidery situation” that is a fine motor and fluency of writing task. Extensions include creativity and learning comprehension skills.
- 18 fun “Spider Facts” to teach and discuss with your student(s). This is a great opportunity to even explain word meanings and do an extension activity where you define words and put them in context through stories.
- “Create your Own Spider” explore comprehension and creative, yet realistic storytelling.
- “Spiders vs. Insect” Venn Diagram to complete together as you discuss how to classify the creatures we see.
- “Arachnids all around!” is a visual eye-spy game that asks students to circle and identify insects, bugs, and arachnids on the page.
- “Hands on Extension activities” is a resource page for parents and teachers to help their students explore spiders and their qualities even further.
Spider and Arachnid Thematic Unit Objectives and skills
- Demonstrates critical thinking skills and problem solving, even in mild to moderately abstract contexts.
- Understands and interprets symbolic language such as signs, objects, actions, and pictures to represent something else.
- Uses basic observation skills to analyze objects.
- Makes controlled linear motions with a writing utensil
- Can identify differences between two similar pictures.
- Graphs similarities and differences on a Venn Diagram.
- … And more depending on if you use the extension activity recommendations!
Supplies you will need for the spider learning unit
- Clay, play-doh, or wikki stix
- Laminator (optional)
- Crayons and/or colored pencils
- Pencil or other writing utensil
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