Becoming A Spider Scientist

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This article focuses on the experience of teaching science lessons while reading Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. Students observe live spiders in their classroom and investigate spider biases, morphology, and biology. Many creative ways to incorporate journaling, crafts, and art into the learning are illustrated. Students are encouraged to develop their spider knowledge about these helpful  8-legged friends.

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Grade Level

NGSS STEM Practices

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Resource Type


Standards Present


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PDF Download

Creation Date

Before 2010

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1 review for Becoming A Spider Scientist

  1. LessonHiveAdmin

    This lesson was created before NGSS standards were formalized, so it is not aligned. But the lessons as described incorporate a lot of the key elements of NGSS, so we have included it here. With a focus on Charlotte’s web, it integrates reading with scientific investigating. It starts with a variation on Know-Want to Know about spiders, and then has students observe live spiders and draw conclusions. They also journal, and discuss how fictional and real spiders are different. Overall, a very nice lower grade lesson.

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