All About Spiders: Spiders Unit for Kindergarten and First Grade

Stephanie Trapp
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Stephanie Trapp


Eeeek! Spiders! Learn more about these creepy crawlers during a week-long spider unit for kindergarten and first grade! This comprehensive unit includes detailed daily lesson plans with literature suggestions, along with reading, writing, math, science, handwriting, and art activities. It also includes a STEM activity and links to videos that complement the unit study.

Click on the PREVIEW to read each lesson plan, see the Week-at-a-Glance planning sheet, as well as examples of printables and art projects.

Teacher Features You’ll Love:

• Detailed daily lesson plans

• Week-at-a-glance planning guide

• Key concepts and objectives

• Extensive literature list

• Video links and QR codes

• Use any time of year (not Halloween-themed)

What’s Covered in the Unit?

Day 1: Is a Spider a Bug? Characteristics of a Spider

• Compare & contrast insects and spiders

• Label parts of a spider

• Spider emergent reader

• Toilet paper roll spider prints

Day 2: How Do Spiders Grow? Life Cycle of a Spider

Life cycle of a spider craft

• Why do spiderlings balloon? demonstration

Day 3: Why Do Spiders Spin Webs? All About Spider Webs

• Orb web chalk art

• Spider web scavenger hunt

Day 4: Do All Spiders Spin Webs? Spiders that Don’t Spin Webs

• Spider web STEM challenge

• How to catch a fly writing activity

Day 5: Are Spiders Bad? Why We Need Spiders

• Do You Like Spiders? writing activity

• A Spider for a Pet? writing activity

• Spider bell necklace craft

• Spider chocolate chip cookies snack

Math Connections:

• Ordering numbers least to greatest

• Counting to 100

• Place value: tens and ones

• Addition and subtraction

• True and false equations

• Counting by 5

• Comparing numbers with >, <, =

• Reading a graph

• Measuring with nonstandard units

• Word problems

Literacy Connections:

• I See a Spider emergent reader

• Spider word wall

• Beginning letter sounds

• Read and write words that begin with s

• Read and write words that begin with sp

• CVC words

• -in family words

• ABC order

• Spider Play Day sight word story

• Very Sneaky Spider writing activity

• How to Catch a Fly writing activity

• Do You Like Spiders? opinion writing activity

• A Spider for a Pet? opinion writing activity

Questions? Feel free to email me at

Find more cross-curricular science units for K-1 HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Total Pages
118 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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