The Great Spider Debate

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Students learn the basics of spider anatomy and discover a number of different methods spiders use to hunt. By comparing ambush spiders against web-building spiders, they debate what the best strategy is for getting food. Students learn a handful of families for each group and study one in particular to learn more, then list the pros and cons of their spider’s hunting style. This is a great resource for exploring spider behavior and fostering an appreciation for household spiders.

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Grade Level


NGSS STEM Practices

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Standards Present

Not Present

Media Format

Text/Web Page

Creation Date

Before 2010

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1 review for The Great Spider Debate

  1. LessonHiveAdmin

    This is a nice exercise to introduce the different ecological roles of spiders. The emphasis is on going outside to look and collect data, with a lively follow up discussion in the classroom. We would like to see an update for this lesson, with standards alignment made explicit.

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