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Spider Educator Guide with 15 Activities

I've been wanting to create proper teacher guides for The Truth About series. Earlier this month I learned Scurry! The Truth About Spiders is a Towner Award nominee with the Washington Library Association. They asked if I had an educator guide to share. I didn't, but I could certainly create a unit study for spiders. 

Take a look! I created a spider unit that is flexible enough to be used with various grade levels. I focused on reading, writing, and STEAM activities. 
In twelve pages this spider unit includes 15 different spider lessons and three printables. Some focus on Scurry! The Truth About Spiders. Others compliment the informational picture book with STEAM adn ELA activities. 

Educator Guide for Scurry! The Truth About Spiders

As a former teacher, creating this guide was a lot of fun. I included all of this for free for use in your classroom.

4 Spider Reading Activities

  • Sticky note KWL chart
  • Introduction of Scurry! The Truth About Spiders
  • Reading of Scurry! The Truth About Spiders
  • Compare Two Informational Spider Readings
    • Suggested: Spi-ku, by Leslie Bulion and illustrated by Robert Meganck 

   4 Spider Writing Activities

  • Scurry! The Truth About Spiders as a Mentor Text
  • Opinion Writing
  • Spider Craft with Facts
  • Spider Writing Prompts

   7 Spider STEAM Activities

  • Spider Web Hunt
  • Teacher Models Spider Removal
  • Spider Web Challenge
  • Spider Web Drawing
  • Spider and Insect Venn Diagram
  • Spider Word Search
  • Spider Patterns
Art by Reed, Grade 2

Spider Printables 

  • Spider and Insect Venn Diagram (2 pages)
  • Spider Word Search
  • Spider Patterns
All of these spider activities are free for you to use in your classroom or educational setting. (I don't even require an email.) I do hope you'll include Scurry! The Truth About Spiders in your spider unit. It's a beautiful book! The hardcover even comes with a full-size poster. Ask your local library to purchase a copy if it's not already part of their collection!

A while back I wrote a blog post including a variety of STEM owl activities for Whooo Knew? The Truth About Owls. Now I'm thrilled to share that I have multiple teacher guides now available, including a comprehensive owl teacher guide with nearly 20 ELA and STEM activities. 
Check out the Frog Teacher Guide with 19 ELA and STEM frog activities based on my book Ribbit! The Truth About Frogs
See all of my free teacher guides. YES, THEY'RE FREE! No email needed! 

If you like this spider educator guide, please spread the word about it to other educators! If you like Scurry! The Truth About Spiders (available in paperback or hardcover with a poster), I hope you'll leave a review at your favorite online site. 

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