Paso Partners - Integrating Mathematics, Science, and Language: An Instructional Program Purchase a print copy of Paso Partners
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
Lesson 3: Spiders Catch Prey
Lesson 4: The Spider's Life Cycle
-Spider Minibook
-Spider Life Cycle
Lesson 5: Spiders Have Natural Enemies
Lesson 6: Spiders Live Everywhere
Lesson 7: Now We Know Spiders!
Spanish Language Translations

Spiders - Lesson 4: The Spider's Life Cycle
ACTIVITY: Spider Life Cycle

Students draw and color four pictures depicting the spider's life cycle on separate sheets of paper, which are put together to form a minibook.

Book pages: paper rectangles, 3 1/2 x 5 inches


  1. On four separate pages or pieces of paper, students draw four stages of a spider's life cycle: eggs in the sac; spiderlings in the nest hatching and leaving the nest; spiderlings ballooning; adults spinning a web to catch prey.
  2. Color the drawings.
  3. Label each page or make an observation about the spider in the picture.
  4. Sequence the pictures and number the pages.
  5. Staple the pages.
  6. Make a cover page and illustrate it.
  7. Write a story, poem or cinquain (see Lesson One) for the minibook.
  8. Place the minibook in the Library Center for other children to read.

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