Spider Web Thematic Unit – Worksheets and Activities

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Upper elementary learners will love getting caught up in this thematic unit focusing on spider webs. They’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice skills in reading, writing, ELA, math, and science.


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Your search is over! Here is the extension to your Spider Unit that you’ve been looking for. Take your learners on a journey beyond the basics of spiders and delve into the world of SPIDER WEBS. This thematic unit answers the “who, what, when, why, where, and how” of those extraordinary engineering structures. This product is differentiated to meet the needs of learners at various skills levels. It is also perfect for those learners who want to expand their knowledge of spiders and spider webs. Also, if you are a homeschooling parent, then this product is for you. Multiple subjects are covered across a range of grades. Not only that, but you can take this lesson outdoors to make connections between learning and the real world! Among these pages you will find worksheets, activities, graphic organizers, and reading passages that include the following subjects: reading, writing/language arts, math, and science. A color version, as well as a black and white version, and answer key are included. PLEASE NOTE: the color version and black and white version are IDENTICAL.

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PAGE 1: Note to educators and links to YOUTUBE videos about spider webs.

PAGE 2: ABC Order with words found in reading passages.

PAGE 3: Defining key vocabulary terms found in reading passages.

PAGE 4: Brief reading passage and comprehension questions about spiders and their webs.

PAGES 5-7: Brief reading passages about 6 specific types of spider webs.

PAGE 8: Note/Instructions to educators regarding the activity on pages 9-10.

PAGES 9-10: Cut and Paste activity where learners will match clues about specific spider webs to their photos.

PAGE 11: Graphic Organizer about spiders that typically do not build webs.

PAGE 12: Matching activity where learners will read clues about spiders from page 11 and draw a line to their matching photo.

PAGE 13: Graphic Organizer about a spider’s main body parts.

PAGE 14: Labeling activity where learners use the graphic organizer on page 13 to label the spider’s main body parts.

PAGE 15: Photos of a spider’s spinnerets and spigots with an activity for your learner(s) to design/draw their own spider web.

PAGE 16: Sequencing activity where learners will number pictures of the process of a spider web being built.

PAGE 17: Sequencing and writing activity where learners will cut out and sort pictures of the spider web building process. Near each picture, learners will write a brief description of the step in the process.

PAGE 18: Elapsed time worksheet where learners will determine the length of time spiders used to build their webs.

PAGE 19: Learners will read questions about spider webs and draw a line to the matching answer. Then, they will add quotation marks in the appropriate places within each answer.

PAGES 20-21: Learners will click on the links under each question and read informational text to answer the questions. Learners will then write the answers using proper citing techniques.



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I am an adoptive mom of 5 wonderful kiddos and I homeschooled 4 of them for several years. Prior to becoming a mom, I was a classroom aide in grades 1-3, a co-teacher in various pre-school classrooms (infants to age 3), and a lead teacher in Pre-K, as well as a before/after-school program leader. I have a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and graduate coursework in special education. It was during the years that I homeschooled my kids that I tried my hand at creating resources for them. We did so many "out of the box" activities and I struggled to find resources for them online. I began creating material that met their individual needs and tied into what they were learning. The rest, they say, is history.

Spider Web Thematic Unit – Worksheets and Activities