30 Plus Spider Theme Activities….AND How We Used Them!!!
Wow Wee!! We have studied spiders in just about every way possible for a first grader to do so!
AND my son has enjoyed learning with a spider theme so much, that I thought I would share with you all the possible ways to use spiders for a theme study. So…if you were looking to cover spiders…
YOU HAVE DEFINITELY COME TO A GOOD PLACE!!!
Everyday Afterschool my son has first grade spelling words to memorize. We practice writing his spelling words in a mock test but also do a hands on activity. I ended up making my own Spelling Spider Web Art….
Before or I found this hands on activity from….
A Mom With A Lesson Plan: It’s A Spider Web Spelling Word Search!!!!
We wouldn’t get very far if we didn’t include reading in his spider theme. He loves, loves, loves, books! And after a search for reading practice at home I found..
- The Measured Mom had just posted this collection of BOOKS for bugs!!! (Spiders aren’t insects remember) What luck!!
We have made lots of printable books together in the past.
- This Spider Fact Book Emergent Reader from Making Learning Fun was a good way to practice not just reading but also illustrating text.
Even if your children aren’t ready to read chapter books they may still enjoy listening to the classic “Charlotte’s Web”. My son is still enjoying our study in this book (2 weeks later!) with the many activities I found here:
- One Extra Degree has a Charollet’s Web Unit Study and FREEbie!
- I loved using This Reading Mama’s homeschool experience about FACT or FICTION with Charollet’s Web. We also used these books below (plus tons of others!) to label fiction from nonfiction, compare and contrast spiders with a Venn diagram, fill in a Can/Are/Have chart and an Know/Want to know/Learned chart..
- Walking By The Way has FREE Charlottes Web Copywork that we will use for some of his sentence practice and story retell.
My son is covering addition and subtraction of double digits. We also reviewed more/ less than for mathematic language. Gotta learn those word problem terms!
- You can try my activity for Addition/subtraction with spiders HERE. It also has a more/less than activity version.
- I included The Imagination Tree Incy Wincy SPider Counting Activity Resource Pack in this round up because it was a good resource for Firsters in beginning levels of math.
- Tiny Tots Adventures has a hands on craft to Practice Number Words.
- 3 Dinosaurs Printable Packs!! This needs a category all it’s own!
If you haven’t tried her printable packs you are missing out on some of the CUTEST graphics and best all around learning out there!! We used her FREE Bat & Spider Pack over and over again!! As you can see above, my son had no problem maintaining attention to tasks in almost every subject. And the best part about the packs are you can choose your child’s level and practice subject! (Yes, there are printable s for writing, math, reading, shapes, letters, you name it!) She has each printable labeled so that you can pick and choose BEFORE you download!!
My son likes science almost as much as he likes books..almost. He particularly likes life science: ants,bugs,life cycles, ecosystems, plants, water, eggs, babies, and the like. The best place to explore all these things are outdoors. So we hunted for spider webs on walks and tried to collect one that turned out too dainty for the task. Maybe you will have better luck at finding a hardy web with the link below..
- We worked for several days on this FREE Spider Lap Book from Preschool Powol Packets.
- To match the parts of the spider to each name of the parts he and I studied and talked about it using these SPIDERS at BIJLmakers.com. This is a fantastic step by step way to label spider body parts!
- He wasn’t quite ready for all the printable s in the lap book so I added this life cycle of a spider in addition to the one that comes with the lap book. We cut The Life Cycle of a Wolf Spider from Kidzone.ws into puzzle pieces and practiced putting it together several times. Then we glued it into place on the back of the Lap Book.
- We studied 4 unique spiders: 2 poisonous spiders the black widow and brown recluse, a wolf spider, and the orb spider family. This link was one he was uber fascinated by. It’s a posting of a mama wolf spider caring her babies on her back! EEK!!
- My son is a super visual thinker! We utilize you tube for learning extensions in all subjects. Videos also help bring it home so to speak by repeating what we have already learned in reading or listening to books. Many times I read a book then find the video reading of the same book and read it again. I didn’t share a link to those we used for his spider study: There were too many!
LOTS AND LOTS of writing was done after reading, you tube videos, and before we started the spider study. I made a couple of charts using the back of wrapping paper to compare and contrast spiders with him. I did the same for a K/W/l chart before we started diving into books. He wrote sentences (above) about facts he learned. I asked him to recall stories from ficiotional books using a story map. We wrote spelling words on Spider themed paper and paused videos to jot down key points about spiders..I used different types of paper to keep things interesting.
3 Dinosaurs Bat Spider Pack was perfect for sentence practice! (See above)
- FUNdations is a popular program which has its own writing paper (similar to Hand Writing Without Tears. If your child uses this program at school it is always handy to have this link: from 49 Online.
- Activity Village has Spider Writing Paper.
- Cluter Free Class Room has a kit that includes Spider Writing Resources.
- Available for purchase First Grade Parade has The Very Busy Spider writing resource
School Time Snippets has a FREE Spider Verb Noun Sort that we have been working on repeatedly. NOTE**** If your child uses picture cards or PECS try this with your cards!
- We used Boy Mama Teacher Mama and her Spider Web Sight Words for more visual learning that has that COOL MOM effect!
- I included Playdough To Platos Spider Word Family FREE Printable as a review of what we covered over the summer.
- Synonyms SEE BELOW:))
- Speech Peeps is still keeping us busy with an introduction to Synonyms WHICH HE IS JUST LOVING!!!! This Synonyms Spider Craft And Activity is oodles of fun! This doubles or maybe triples! for Speech, sentence practice, and language arts!!
- Playing With Words 365 has an ‘Sp’ prodution at the word level GAME. We aren’t working on Sp articulation but if you have a spider theme going on you can sub your own sounds at different places in words, phrases, or even reading within text.
We will be having this kinda spider speech fun from SLP Mommy Of Apraxia well into November!
MORE HANDS ON ACTIVITY FUN…..In between the other fun spider learning of course!
- Oh, he had a very hard time containing the hardy laughs (he can have a deep voice), YEAH’s!, and general ants in the pants when we played this with our neighbors!!! Thanks Frugal Fun For Boys for your Back Yard Games Spider Launch. NOTE****we used this to practice spelling words as well. Neighbors are also classmates. No pictures. Things were going little boy fast!
- 123Homeschool4me has a totally “Fly”Glow In The Dark Spider Web! Did you like what I did there;) Here we are trying our hand at it. Our web is still drying….
- If you looking for more Spider Crafts Coffee Cups And Crayons is a good place start. We are using some for Halloween decor.
We have done done various color wheels but we have yet to use glue and glitter to make a color wheel. Artsy Momma has a beautiful design for that HERE.
There you have it!! Tons of stuff to have a memorable time learning about spiders like we did!!!!
Thank you for reading!