students will compare and contrast spiders and insects using a Venn diagram.
The students will write three sentences comparing spiders and insects.
The students will write three sentences contrasting spiders and insects.
2- 45 minute periods
Antennae- feelers on the heads of an
teacher will review the facts known about spiders and lead a discussion
and contrasting spiders to insects. Information can be accessed from the Amazing World of Spiders
and from several Internet sites, such as San Diego Field Guide/Spiders, Web Species, and Wolf Spider.
2. The teacher will then have the studentís research about insects and spiders and record
their information on their Venn diagram.
3. Next the students will be asked to discuss how spiders are the same as insects, then
how spiders are different.
4. Following this discussion the Students will then write 3 statements about how spiders are
the same as insects and 3 statements about how spiders are different from insects.
5. Students will make entries into their Observation Logs.
teacher will assess the studentís Venn diagrams; each section of the Venn
diagram should be complete, that is, what is the same and what is different
about the comparisons.
Home Learning Activity
The students will record any changes observed with the spider and its web.The students will write three statements about any changes they have noted.
Provide magnifying glasses for the students to observe the spiders at their home. Have the students write about what they could see with the magnifying glass. Students will complete their Spider Observation Form.