Spiders

We always do a unit in October about spiders.  It is so much fun!  Below you will find links to activities and I have shared some activities that we also complete in class during this unit, which is so much fun!

We love to sing a variety of songs during this unit.  Here are some of my favorites:

  • Spider on the Floor on Raffi’s Singable Songs for the Very Young CD
  • Spider on the Floor on Music with Mar’s Wide Mouthed Bullfrog Cd.  There is a free download of this song available on Free Kids Music’s website, click here to go to this page and scroll down to the Music with Mar section:  Free Kids Music
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider on Lakeshore Learning’s Classroom Song Bank CD
  • Mack Chicken Dance with Itsy Bitsy Spider on Greg & Steve’s Big Fun CD (this is available to download from Colleen’s Childcare website) Mack Chicken Dance

I just found this adorable song on the Free Kids Music website from Mr. Chris & The Gassy Bubbles, it is called the Spider Song, click here to go to the link and scroll down to the bottom of the page to download the mp3 file:  Spider Song download

When we sing the song, “Spider on the Floor” I have my students use a little spider stick puppet to act out the motions, my kids love this!  Here is a picture:

I just staple a laminated spider die cut to a popsicle stick. This makes a quick and easy puppet that students can use to act out the movements in the song.

During this unit we also read and sing the Itsy Bitsy Spider.  A few years back I purchased a big book version of this fingerplay with a spider pointer from Lakeshore Learning.  Unfortunately, it is no longer available, I’ll try to post a picture of this later.  My kids love to use the spider point to read the story aloud independently.

Nellie Edge has a free downloadable version of this nursery rhyme:  Eensy Weensy Spider Mini-Book

The Mailbox Magazine Preschool Edition for Oct/Nov 2007 posted an adorable idea for making a house with a water spout.  All you need is a clipart picture of a house, bendy straws, tape and spider rings.  We made this project last year, here is a picture:

Place the spider ring on the straw, which you will later tape at the top and bottom of the straw.  Then have students act out the story and move the spider up and down the waterspout!

Place the spider ring on the straw, which you will later tape at the top and bottom of the straw. Then have students act out the story and move the spider up and down the waterspout!

We glued a copy of “Itsy Bitsy Spider” on the back of this project so they could practice it at home with their parents as well.  Here is a copy of the poem if you would like to complete this project:  the-itsy-bitsy-spider During this lesson we really focus upon learning directional words, such as up and down.  It’s a great language development activity for students.

Mrs. Martell’s classroom website has a great free emergent reader the following free emergent reader book that you can download, “Where’s the Spider”.  Here is a link to her free printable page, just scroll down to about the middle of the page to find the download:  Mrs. Martell’s Printable Page

Mrs. McDowell’s website has posted this great cloze activity book for students to complete:  The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Here are a TON of great free activities from ABC Teach:  Itsy Bitsy Spider Activities

Kinderprintables also has created some great activities to accompany this poem:  Itsy Bitsy Spider Pocket Poem

We also learn the nursery rhyme, “Little Miss Muffet” during this time as well.  Nellie Edge also has a free printable version of this rhyme:  Little Miss Muffet Mini-Book

Pre-K pages has a great Little Miss Muffet Theme page:  Little Miss Muffet 5-Day Lesson Plans

The Virtual Vine has another wonderful Little Miss Muffet Theme page with lots of pictures and ideas!  Virtual Vine’s Little Miss Muffet Page

Kids R Crafty website has a Little Miss Muffet Dot to Dot that you can print:  Miss Muffet Dot to Dot 1-18

I just found the cutest ideas for Little Miss Muffet and other fun spider activities.  I don’t know the name of the website, but here is the link to the page:  Little Miss Muffet Ideas

A Child’s Place also has posted some Little Miss Muffet sequencing pictures which would be great for a pocket chart activity:  Little Miss Muffet Sequencing. This website also has a great section of activities to accompany the book The Very Busy Spider.  Click here to go to this page:  The Very Busy Spider Ideas

This website is great!  I also found this adorable web matching game as well from Child’s Place (I think that this would also make a great file folder game too):  Spider/Web Matching Game

Here is a downloadable Spider unit for kindergartners with some wonderful math activities from http://www.sedl.org:  Spider Thematic Unit

Hubbard’s Cupboard has some great spider ideas, click here to see her page Very Busy Spider Story Lesson Ideas

Eric Carle’s book, “The Very Busy Spider” is one of my favorite stories to read while we learn about spiders.

Eric Carle’s website has some wonderful ideas on his Caterpillar Exchange Bulletin Board that features various lesson ideas related to the book, “The Very Busy Spider”Very Busy Spider Lesson Ideas and Activities

Arkansas Department of Human Services has a wonderful A Story of the Month page, this page features some printables story materials that you can create for retelling:  Very Busy Spider Story Props

Family Literacy Expertise has some very cute spider ideas:  Very Busy Spider activities

Making Learning Fun has an emergent reader that you can make to accompany the book The Very Busy Spider: The Very Busy Spider Emergent Reader

Here are some pictures of a spider themed emergent reader book that I make with my students, I believe this book is from Student Made Thematic Mini Books.  Here is a picture of the cover, if you click on the picture it will take you Amazon where you can purchase the book for $15.99.

Cover Page

Cover Page

Page 1.  Students trace the word spider.

Page 1. Students trace the word spider.

Page 2.  Students trace the word web.

Page 2. Students trace the word web.

Page 3.  Students trace the word fly.

Page 3. Students trace the word fly.

Page 4

Page 4

Page 5

Page 5

Frog Street Press’ Newsletter also has some wonderful spider ideas in their October 2005 newsletter.  Here are some links to these great activities:

Spider Web Math circle time activity

Spider Writing Lesson Idea

I’m a Friendly Spider Song

Number Eight Song
Here is a spider counting worksheet available from TeacherVision.com:  Spider Counting Worksheet

Here is another great spider counting worksheet from Super Simple Songs:  Count the Spiders worksheet

A few years back I purchased some plastic spiders from Big Lots around Halloween time.  I used white construction paper and a large Ellison die cut of a web to create webs.  I glued these onto black construction paper and then wrote numbers on them.  Here is a picture so you can see an example:

Students use spiders to create groups to match the printed numbers.  I use these mats as a center activity to promote number recognition and counting.

Students use spiders to create groups to match the printed numbers. I use these mats as a center activity to promote number recognition and counting.

These are spider paperplates that we made.  They turned out super cute!

These are spider paperplates that we made. They turned out super cute!

Here are some links to some other great Spider Thematic units on the web:

  1. Teaching Heart’s Spider Unit
  2. Step by Step Childcare’s Spider Unit
  3. Kinder Korner’s Along Came a Spider Unit
  4. Little Giraffe’s Spider Activities and Ideas

6 thoughts on “Spiders

  1. Wow, thank-you so much for this amazing post! I was able to get so many wonderful ideas for my mini spiders unit I will be doing with my preschool class. Thanks again!

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