Spiders: creepy crawlies, or amazing arachnids? Invite your kindergartners into the webbed world of our eight-legged friends as they adopt the characteristics and behaviors of spiders.
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!
Note: The teacher does not need a poster or physical copy for the class to look at. In fact, it is easier for memorization and better for phonemic awareness if the students are not trying to read the words.Download PDF Lesson Plan
Describe sounds in terms of dynamics (loud/ soft), pitch (high/low), duration (long/short; fast/slow), and timbre (tone of an animal, human, musical instrument, or machine).
Plan and imitate the sounds and movements of animals.
Construct questions, give reasons, and share findings about all living things.
Recognize and produce rhyming words.
Students will imitate the behavior and characteristics of spiders by adding character and vocal variation to the poem “I’m a Little Spider.”
(2 minutes) The teacher gives hints or performs the actions to help the students guess the song: “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.” When the students guess the name of the song, everyone sings and performs the actions together.
(8 minutes) The teacher introduces spiders using non-fiction books, realistic photographs or videos of spiders, and/or a live spider in a clear container. Using a variety of different materials will help the students compare and contrast different kinds of spiders using their own observations. Students will share their findings about spiders. The teacher may direct the discussion to cover the following facts:
(10 minutes) The teacher teaches the poem to the Kindergartners, one line at a time, repeating from the beginning periodically. (Don’t miss this opportunity to point out rhyming words.) On each line, students apply what they’ve learned about spiders to vary the poem, by adding movement, or changing dynamics, pitch, or duration. Ideas for vocal variation, movement, or character should come from the students, but the teacher can coach using questions like “How can we make this line different from the last one?” or “Can you show how a spider ______ with your body?”
(10 minutes) Students perform the poem in groups. The teacher may divide the room half and half, boys and girls, by what color students are wearing, etc. Perform again and again!