I came up with the idea for this project last week and was a little worried about how I was going to talk my kiddos through the process of drawing a web. Some of my kinders really struggle with the concept of using an entire drawing space and I had visions of teeny tiny webs on their big blank sheet of white drawing paper. So I devised a plan for instruction and it worked! Alleluia! Even my students that struggle with spatial concepts had success and created large, beautiful webs.
Here's the secret to my success: my ELMO document camera! Honestly, I don't know how I ever managed without it. Notice that the students do not have any crayons in their hand while I'm teaching and all of their eyes are on the screen. It took a few reminders, but I had their complete attention!
|Step-by-step whole-group instructions thanks to my ELMO|
|FREEBIE resource download includes: |
spider body template,
student writing pages, and
hallway display sign.
Teacher Prep for the Project
9"x12" construction paper sheets
white copy paper sheets cut to 7.5" squares
1 spider body circle per child (use the template provided to copy onto construction paper)
student writing response pages
LOTS of very skinny strips of paper (mine were 3" long and very skinny) - 8 per child
sponges cut into 1/2" cubes (or anything that will give the spiders a little "lift" from the page"
glue sticks (for mounting web and writing on construction paper)
white glue (for gluing sponge onto the paper)
Here are the instructions I gave to my kiddos, broken down nice and simple :)
Make a Web
|Prep ahead of time by folding papers diagonally,|
then opening back up.
|Have students use black crayon to trace over the folded X.|
|Start at the center of the X and continue drawing lines.|
Remind students to go ALL the way to the edge.
|Keep filling in lines all the way around the paper.|
|Start near the X and draw a shape around it.|
I said it was "like a circle but with straight lines."
|Add another "ring" around the X.|
|Continue to fill in lines around the center.|
|A finished web|
Make the Spider
This little guy was so easy to make
|Glue 8 paper strips around the edges of the spider|
(4 on each side), then fold the legs 1 time so they bend
|Flip spider over and add a face with marker|
I drew 2 eyes - a few of my students informed me that
SPIDERS HAVE 8 EYES (true, but I thought 2 eyes was cuter.)
|To give the project some depth:|
Attach a piece of sponge with white glue and
affix spider to the sponge.
|I mounted the web on construction paper before I added the sponge and spider|
After that, you're ready to write!I asked my students where they thought Miss Muffet ran to after the spider scared her. We shared ideas for a few days to provide them with lots of thinking time. After discussing it for one last time, I gave students the prompt "Along came a spider and Miss Muffet went..." I wrote the sentence starter on the board for students to copy, but they were on their own for spelling Miss Muffet's hiding place!