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A Spider’s Venom
Title – A Spider’s Venom
By – Jennifer Dalke
Subject – Science
Grade Level – 4-5
- This part deals with the End of the book, and involves launching a Balloon Journey
- Here’s a Writing Activity involving the students’ Favorite Parts
- This section is on the Main Characters and Quoting
- This portion is on Acting Out portions of the book
- This lesson is on Predicting with Charlotte’s Web
- This part uses a Crossword Puzzle to learn Scientific Facts about Spiders
- This section is on Finding Spiders’ Homes
- A similar section – Finding Where Spiders Live
- Here’s More on Finding Where Spiders Live
- This portion is on writing Haiku Poems about Spiders
- Here students take on the roles of Arachnologists and Interview each other
- The Spider’s Life Cycle is the subject of this lesson
- Graphing the Lengths of Spiders is the subject of this part
- More Graphing, this time with Facts about Spiders
- Here students Plot Facts about Spiders
- Another Math lesson, this one using Spider Math Problems
- This part involves doing Research on Spiders
- A fun activity for developing Spider Webs out of cold Spaghetti
- This portion is on Spiders’ Venom
- A Writing Activity about Wilbur’s First Day
Illinois State Goals: 11. Understand the processes of scientific inquiry and technological design to investigate questions, conduct experiments and solve problems
12. Understand the fundamental concepts, principles and interconnections of the life, physical and earth/space sciences
Students will conduct an experiment to solve a problem
* Styrofoam cups
* sugar cubes
* warm water
* I will ask students to raise their hands if they’ve ever been bitten by a spider. When? How? What happened?
* I will ask the students if they know what happens when a spider bites its victim.
1. I will explain to students that spiders use venom on their prey.
2. I will tell the children that they will be performing an experiment that simulates the effect of a spider’s venom on its prey.
3. Students will be broken up into groups of four. I will pass out a Styrofoam cup with several sugar cubes in the bottom to each group. I will explain that the cubes are like the inside of an insect’s body–HARD!
4. I will pass out small cups of water and instruct the students to pour a few drops of water onto the cubes. What happens? I will explain that the water dissolves the sugar cubes just as the spider’s venom dissolves the insect’s body when the spider spreads venom into the insect’s body. Because a spider can turn its food to liquid, it can eat without chewing!
5. I will ask the children to clean up their supplies by throwing them in the garbage.
Cassie (LD)- Cassie will be able to participate with the rest of the students.
* I will ask the students why they think spiders do this. I will explain the process of spiders’ predigestion that takes place, and how they liquefy the tissues of their prey.
* I will close up the lesson by asking the children how they think our diet might change if we didn’t have teeth.
Students will be evaluated on their participation in the lesson and the experiment. They will be evaluated on how well they followed directions and how they behaved in their groups.