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Can you train a spider to jump on command? If so, how would you set up an experiment to teach it to do so? This activity is something I've used with my students to help them think about scientific experimental design. The activity moves through several different activities that allow students to think of their own design and then look at a case where scientists have worked with a spider to teach it how to jump.
Inside the 11 page PDF file you will receive 8 pages of student worksheets that can be used together or as different activities. There are links to a video clip and science current event article that students can use to continue the exploration. The final pages are detailed teacher notes on how to use the worksheets and lead the activity in class.