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Introduction Grade K Lessons Grade 1 Lessons Grade 2 Lessons Grade 3 Lessons Bibliography
Table of Contents
Lesson Overview
Teacher Background Information
Lesson Focus
Objective Grid
Lesson 1: Spiders! Scary or Nice?
Lesson 2: Spiders Have Special Characteristics
-Edible Spiders
-Spiders Have Eight Legs
-Who Am I?
-Ordering Sets and Numbers
Lesson 3: Spiders Catch Prey
Lesson 4: The Spider's Life Cycle
Lesson 5: Spiders Have Natural Enemies
Lesson 6: Spiders Live Everywhere
Lesson 7: Now We Know Spiders!
Spanish Language Translations

Spiders - Lesson 2: Spiders Have Special Characteristics

The student learns that a spider has eight legs (four on each side of the body), cannot fly, can spin a web, has eight eyes usually but cannot see very well, and is not an insect.

Cut-out pictures of various types of spiders
Drawings of a spider hanging from a dragline
Pictures or drawings of a spiderweb
Pictures or drawings of a spider's eyes
Word cards - arachnid, spinnerets, silk, dragline
Pieces of silk thread


  1. The teacher tells a riddle: I am an animal; I have eight legs, I cannot fly because I have no wings; I can spin a web. Who am I?
  2. The teacher holds up the pictures and tells the students that a spider is not an insect; it is an arachnid (a-rak-nid). One special thing about a spider is that it can spin a silk web. The silk comes from inside the spider's body through small holes at the back of the body called spinnerets. The silk comes out as a liquid but quickly dries in the air. It is very strong and looks like a long strand of hair.
  3. The teacher shows a thin, long piece of silk thread. Spiders also make draglines out of the same sticky, liquid silk. A dragline is a very long strand of silk that allows spiders to hang in the air. They use the draglines to capture prey, the same way as with a web.
  4. Spiders have many eyes but cannot see very well.
  5. There are over 30,000 different types of spiders that scientists have been able to study. Most of them are very small and not dangerous. They help us by eating insects that we may not want to have around.

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