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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 pie pattern.
Legs can lay flat, or they can be folded to add some 3D pop.
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.