Teaching Kids About Spiders - Resources
Did you know that tarantulas got their name from a species of European wolf spiders?
This sort of name-sharing can make common names confusing, and it's a major reason that scientists use special scientific names to classify spiders and other organisms. I mention this issue in the back matter for Can a Spider Be Fluffy, but I've now written a guest post for LitLinks, explaining how teachers and parents can use spiders to introduce kids to scientific classifications.
Now that the new guest post is ready, this seemed like a good time to update my list of spider & bug-themed resources.
Reading list - my favorite picture books about spiders:
- I'm Trying to Love Spiders, by Bethany Barton
- The Spider, by Elise Gravel
- Spiders! Strange and Wonderful, by Laurence Pringle, illustrated by Meryl Henderson
- Are You a Spider? (Backyard Books), by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries
- Nefertiti the Spidernaut, by Darcy Pattison, illustrated by Valeria Tisnes
- Are They Really Scary? by Julia Inserro, illustrated by Tanja Varcelija
Other reading lists:
In addition to these reading lists, I've also created a research/writing assignment page for teachers to use in a lesson about spiders. This page is a very simple form kids can fill out with information about a particular species of spider. You can find it on Teachers Pay Teachers - or you can find it in the PDF with the other activity pages below.
Here are three other resources:
A printable bug journal page - you can use this to create a scrapbook-style journal featuring the insects, spiders, and other creepy-crawlies your kids find.
Other activity pages for Can a Spider Be Fluffy? - this includes coloring pages, a scavenger hunt, and several art projects, along with other activities.