Every month we spend some time learning about 2 animals. The kids each get to pick one animal and then we spend at least a week learning about it. We recently learned about spiders and there is so much to learn about these little 8-legged creatures that you can spend weeks learning about them.
We take our time with each animal we learn about. I am going to share a break down of how we learned about the spider.
Day 1: We talked about what we already knew about the spider and then did some research. We read up info in our little encyclopedia and I printed out some info from a few different sites.
Day 2: We drew the life cycle and talked about each stage. We drew and labelled the different parts of the body.
Day 3: Jack wrote about the spider and what he had learnt. Generally I try find little lapbooks for them where he has to answer simple questions about the animals. (Twinkl is a great resource)
We definitely did not learn enough about these creatures in only four days so we will go back and do some more research on specific spiders.
Our favourite online resources for spiders
Brave Wilderness is awesome for all arachnids, reptiles and insects.
Wild Earth at the moment is fantastic for spiders. There are orb spiders everywhere and each drive they share fun facts about them.
Some fun facts about spiders
- Not all spiders make webs. Some will pounce or run after their prey.
- Most spiders are not harmful to humans.
- Once some female spiders have laid their eggs, they die.
- It can take a spider around 60 minutes to spin a web.
- Most homes have around 30 spiders in them at all times.
- The sort hairs on a spiders legs allow them to walk “upside down” on the roof.
- A spiders web is stored in their abdomen as liquid and when they release it it becomes solid.
- Spiders release a chemical into their prey that turns them to liquid so they can suck them up instead of actually eating them.
- There are about 4000 species of spiders all over the world except Antarctica.
- Spiders are considered hunters and are an important part of the ecosystem.