This has been the most amazing area of study. We have been working on “Spiders” for two months and in every way possible. We have even temporarily named our classroom Spiderville. It began with feeding spider’s to Tuck the Turtle. It has been a particularly spiderlicious year. The entire school caught spider fire and we were bombarded with preschoolers, dragging spiders in by their spinnerets and feeding them to the turtle.
More and more spiders came in and we started taking a closer look at these amazing creatures and we decided we wanted to study them instead of make them into food. I wanted to just let them all loose in the corner of the classroom so we could observe them but everyone (especially Steve) thought I was insane. But scientists are insane right? So we made “Spiderville” and made habitats for them.
In one habitat we had a ton of Garden Spiders and in another tank we had a little mama Orb Weaver and her two eggs sacks. It was so amazing to watch her move and care for the egg sacks. I felt like we were so privileged to get to see this entire process unfold. We knew they needed food, so we put some fruit in the tanks and low and behold there came the fruit flies, a nice yummy snack for a spider.
We were literally watching the food chain in action; fruit fly to spider, spider to tuck and sometimes fruit fly to spider, spider to fish, fish to tuck. Wow. After a while the spiders began building webs inside the tanks.
We watched and watched for a couple of weeks and then we had spiderlings from our mama spider. They were nearly see through and tiny, my micro lens couldn’t even catch them as they spun their webs right out of the tank. We thought mom might have gotten eaten but later we find out differently…
We drew webs from studying how spiders weave, creating a little geometry lesson.
We read and wrote and thought and studied everything we could about spiders.
We then made spider books, detailing our new knowledge and/or stories we had read about spiders.