Since we study spiders
in October, I thought it would be fun to design a craftivity, that would not only help reinforce the science fact that spiders
are not insects, but arachnids because they have 8 legs, but also practice several of the math standards
that we’re also working on.
Thus “Midnight”, the “8 is Great!” math spider
was born, where children show you various ways to represent the number 8
Since a spider
has two body segments (cephalothorax & abdomen
) which look like the number 8, I created a number template. ( Remember to grab that “teachable moment” to build vocabulary with these science terms.)
Students fold the pattern in half, cut on the bold lines, then open to reveal the spider’s number 8 body
, which they glue 8 legs to.
Because the number is cut on a fold it’s easy-peasy even for PK children!
The craft is versatile
, as you can differentiate the “leg labels” (math skills
) you want to practice.
Younger kiddos can simply make the spider, while kinder and 1st graders can practice tally marks, addition, subtraction
, as well as greater & less than
There's also a blank template
, so older students can subtract larger numbers
or show 8 with multiplication & division
Are you learning time to the hour
? You also have the option to include a clock face
where students draw hands to show 8 O’Clock
Since my students are also learning about fractions (whole, half, and quarters)
I included a fraction pie too.
Use the pie pattern that’s cut into fourths
then have students turn it into eighths by making an X
in the center, or simply use the 8-piece
Legs can lay flat, or they can be folded to add some 3D
Add a bit more pizzazz by suspending the spiders
from the web pattern.
Completed projects make a terrific bulletin board
or dangle them from the ceiling as a hallway-wall border.
I’ve included two “8 is Great!” posters
to use for the center of your display, as well as a “Show Me Eight!” worksheet
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your students enjoy practicing math with a splash of science, by making a “Midnight Math Spider” of their own, which makes a fun Halloween
party day activity too.
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