This book tells of a day in the life of a common garden spider as she spins her web.

With this book, young readers get a chance to look up close at a stunning variety of webs and spiders from around the world.

Watching a yellow spider on its web, a boy imagines himself spider size and observes nearby creatures: an ant, a snail, and a hiker, who breaks the web as well as the spell of imagination.
When little Miss Muffet plunks down on her tuffet, the spider she sees is actually the first guest to arrive for her surprise birthday party. As the guests filter in bearing presents, food, and party favors, the poem expands ingeniously into a counting rhyme
Miss Spider's Tea Party

We have a Miss Spider's Tea Party instead of having a Halloween Party.  We read and reread Miss Spider's Tea Party and all of her stories.
This version of  Eensy-Weensy Spider extends beyond the drain pipe and through a spring day of adventures. Each passage of clever, entertaining rhymes scans to the rhythm of the song.
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Large, clear photographs of each spider are surrounded by small photographs and drawings that illustrate attributes of the animals.
The book presents the arachnids' diversity of habitats and behavior and includes excellent details about the way different spiders build their webs.
Eric Carle's  The Very Busy Spider
You will love this version of
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
by Iza Trapani!  It's based on the classic version with 5 new verses!
is always a favorite!
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Miss Spider's Tea Party



Each child chooses the type of insect they want to be for the party by putting their name on a graph.


The children color a picture of the insect they will be and we make a headband out of it.



At the party we . .  .



Have an Iced Tea Taste Test
I buy flavored iced teas and each of my "little bugs" gets to taste them and graph their favorite type.


Eat Oreo Cookie Spiders
Use an Oreo cookie for the body.  Attach 8 legs made from thin black licorice. Use green gel frosting to a 2 green eyes on the Oreo.


Spin a Spider Web
We all sit in a circle. I hand a ball of yarn to one student and have them roll it to another student.  Holding the yarn firmly, that student tosses the yarn to another child.  We repeat this until everyone has had a turn. 



Then we sing this version of

Miss Spider's In The Web
Tune:  The Farmer In The Dell

Miss Spider's in the web, 
Miss Spider's in the web
Spin, spin, oh watch her spin,
Miss Spider's in the web.

Miss Spider invites a (bug name)
Miss Spider invites a _________.
Spin, spin, oh watch her spin,
Miss Spider's in the web.


Of course, the teacher always gets to be Miss Spider!   The children come sit on the web as we sing the different bug names they  are pretending to be.




SPIDERS
The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider
Went up the water spout
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and
Dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider
Went up the spout again!
Little Miss Muffet


Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider
Who sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away!
The Spider Spins a Web
Tune: The Farmer In the Dell
From The Mailbox

The spider spins a web,
The spider spins a web,
Round, round, up and down,
The spider spins a web.

Additional verses:
She spins it in and out.
She spins it back and forth.
She spins it good and strong.
Little Miss Muffet


Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet
Eating her cookies three.
Along came a spider
Who sat down beside her,
And stayed with Miss Muffet for tea!
Try an old favorite . . .
and a new one . . .
is always a favorite!
You will love this version of
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
by Iza Trapani!  It's based on the classic version with 5 new verses!
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More Miss Spider Books!
I love doing this unit before Halloween!  There are so many fun activities to do whether you like spiders or not!
I always introduce the unit with a graph "Do You Like Spiders?"  Yes or No
After learning about spiders and doing tons of activities, we end the unit with the same graph to see if any feelings have changed!
We love to choose 2 adjectives to sing in place of "itsy bitsy".  (big and hairy,  small and creepy, blue and red etc!!)
Paper Plate Spider Webs

Cut slits around the edges of a paper plate.  Give each child some yarn.  They weave the yarn back and forth to make a spider web. 
Tie a spider ring at the end of the string when finished.  The children also love to draw flies on the plate that the spider has caught!

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Eric Carle's  The Very Busy Spider
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The book presents the arachnids' diversity of habitats and behavior and includes excellent details about the way different spiders build their webs.
by Margaret Bloom Graham
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A Reading Rainbow book
by Faith McNulty A spider has made her home among the green hills and valleys of a lettuce leaf.
Large, clear photographs of each spider are surrounded by small photographs and drawings that illustrate attributes of the animals.
by Gerald McDermott(Illustrator)

Spider Books
There's A Spider On the Floor

There's a spider on the floor, on the floor.
There's a spider on the floor, on the floor.
Who could ask for any more
Than a spider on the floor?
There's a spider on the floor, on the floor.

There's a spider on my leg, on my leg.
There's a spider on my leg, on my leg.
Oh it's really really big
This old spider on my leg.
There's a spider on my leg, on my leg.

Now the spider's on my stomach, on my stomach.
Now the spider's on my stomach, on my stomach.
Oh he's just a dumb old lummock
This old spider on my stomach.
Now the spider's on my stomach, on my stomach.

Now the spider's on my head, on my head.
Now the spider's on my head, on my head.
Oh I wish that I were dead,
I've got a spider on my head!
Now the spider's on my head, on my head.

And he jumps off! ....
Now there's a spider on the floor, on the floor.

Spider Web Marble Painting

Place an 8x8 inch square of black construction paper in a box lid.  Dip a marble in white paint and drop it onto the paper.  Roll the marble around by tilting the lid.  Repeat this step to create a spider web.  Add a spider sticker (and some tiny bug stickers).  

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Spider Web Rubbings

Use glue to make spider web designs on 10x10 pieces of poster board.  When dry, the children place a piece of paper on top and make rubbings with the side of a peeled crayon.  When finished they can draw spiders and bugs on their webs!

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Crawl Like a Spider
Tune:  "Ten Little Indians"
From The Mailbox

Crawl, crawl, crawl like a spider.
Crawl, crawl, crawl like a spider.
Crawl, crawl, crawl like a spider.
Crawl around your web.

Replace the action word with:
jump, run, creep, sneak, hop
After learning this poem we make individual books.  I copy each line of the poem onto paper.   We make fingerprint spiders for each page (press finger on colored stamp pad, then add legs with colored pencils).   I put one color ink pad on each table and have the children rotate tables (and use a different finger!)   On the last page they draw a picture of how they would feel if they saw all those spiders!
One Spider Two Spiders
Tune:  One Potato Two Potato
by Pam Ballingall

One spider, Two spiders,
Three spiders, Four,
Five spiders, Six spiders,
Seven spiders. . .
NO MORE!


Spider Eights

Cut out a large figure 8 from black construction paper.   Count out and glue 8 sequins onto the spider . . . add 2 green ones for the eyes.  Count out 8 pieces of black yarn for the legs.    Glue the legs  to the body. 

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Spider Ring Counting

Use a black marker to draw spider webs onto 8x8 pieces of oaktag (make 10 of them).  Write a numeral 1-10 in the center of each web.  Have the children identify the number in the center of the web and use spider rings to show how many.

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Ten Little Spiders
Tune: Ten Little Indians

One spider up and two spiders down.
Three spiders turn around and 'round
Four spiders smile, and then they frown.
Oh, what a wonderful sight!

Five spiders in and six spiders out.
Seven spiders spin around about.
Eight spiders climb the waterspout.
Oh, what a wonderful sight!

Nine spiders each have eight little legs.
Ten spiders lay little spider eggs.
All spiders wiggle their little legs.
Oh, what a wonderful sight!

Sensory Table

Fill the sensory table with black and white crinkle paper (from a party supply store).  Add some plastic spider rings.  Have the children search for them and then count them!


Painted Spiders

Have the children make spiders by painting their palms and fingers (no thumbs!) with black paint.  Have them press their hands onto construction paper two times so  that the palms overlap and the fingers go out in opposite directions.  When dry, add wiggle eyes.

Picture coming soon!


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This version of  Eensy-Weensy Spider extends beyond the drain pipe and through a spring day of adventures. Each passage of clever, entertaining rhymes scans to the rhythm of the song.
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Miss Spider's Tea Party

We have a Miss Spider's Tea Party instead of having a Halloween Party.  We read and reread Miss Spider's Tea Party and all of her stories.
When little Miss Muffet plunks down on her tuffet, the spider she sees is actually the first guest to arrive for her surprise birthday party. As the guests filter in bearing presents, food, and party favors, the poem expands ingeniously into a counting rhyme
Songs and Poems
Spider
Art
Spider Math and Science
A spider pops up all around the bathroom--in the sink, under the soap, behind a towel. Features a separate spider that slips through die-cut holes and pops up behind flaps on the following page.
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I'm A Little Spider
Tune: I'm a Little Teapot

I'm a little spider watch me spin
If you'll be my dinner
I'll let you come in
Then I'll spin a web to hold you tight
And gobble you up in ONE BIG BITE!


Watching a yellow spider on its web, a boy imagines himself spider size and observes nearby creatures: an ant, a snail, and a hiker, who breaks the web as well as the spell of imagination.
With this book, young readers get a chance to look up close at a stunning variety of webs and spiders from around the world.

This book tells of a day in the life of a common garden spider as she spins her web.

Spider Recipes




Marshmallow Spiders
For each spider, use one large marshmallow for the body and one small marshmallow for the head (attach with 1/2 a toothpick).  Make eyes from mini M&Ms, legs from pretzel sticks.  Cover with chocolate sauce, if desired.


Oreo Cookie Spiders
Use an Oreo for the body.  Attach 8 legs made from thin black licorice.


Peanut Butter Cracker Spiders
Make 2 "sandwiches" from 4 Ritz crackers spread with peanut butter.  Lay them side-by-side on a plate, sticking them together with more peanut butter.  Attach peanuts or raisins for eyes, and make legs from pretzels.


Silly Spider Sandwiches

Ingredients:
2 slices of bread ( use raisin bread!)
1 T Strawberry cream sheese
8 Raisins or red hots
8 stick Pretzels
1 piece of black string licorice (about 4 inches long)

You will also need:
1 paper plate
1 plastic knife
Measuring spoons
round biscuit cutter

Directions:

Cut bread into circles with biscuit cutter. Measure and spread cream
cheese on one piece of bread. Place the other bread circle on top. Put
the 8 raisins or red hots on the top piece of bread for eyes. Place 4
pretzels coming out of each side for legs. Add licorice string at the
top to look like your spider's drag line.


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