My students absolutely love making sliders. I named them that, because you "slide" a strip of paper through a "window" of
a little craft.
We'll be working on 2D shapes
in October, so I thought I’d design a "shapely spider slider" to go with our science
I’ve included templates if you want to pre-cut the circles, as well as patterns you can run off to have students trim their own.
There are also eye patterns
with and without pupils, so students can add wiggle eyes
with glue dots for that extra bit of 3D pizzazz, or they can draw their own.
can be a variety of colors
besides just black, I give children a choice of what color they want to make their spider.
Cut 1/2 inch by 10 to 12 inch black strips on a paper cutter. These will be the spider’s legs.
To reinforce the fact that a spider is an arachnid and not an insect
, we count
legs and I remind students that insects have 6
the "legs" is not only fun for your students, but a great fine motor
activity that will help strengthen
their finger and hand muscles. I think it also adds that “finishing touch”
Choose the 2D shapes
you want to review and print those sliders off. Children color, cut & glue
the strips together.
The 2D shape options are the basic 5: circle, oval, triangle, square & rectangle
, as well as options for a hexagon, pentagon, octagon, star, heart, trapezoid
There are sliders with the blank shapes
, as well as patterns with a fly
on each shape.
My students like to pretend that the spider is slurping up the flies as we identify the various shapes.
The spider sliders also provide a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess
. Simply call out a shape.
Students slide to it then hold their spider up. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your students enjoy making a shapely spider slider as much as mine do.
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