BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Spider Webs of the Adirondacks
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Grade: 2nd Grade
Class: English Language Arts, Science
Author: Doreen Wilkins
NYS Content Area Standard:
Math, Science & Technology:
Standard 4: Science
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural History
Keywords: spiders
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: What kind of spider webs are in the Adirondacks?
The Challenge:

Take a walk on the Nature Trail to discover different spider webs. Observe spider webs at home. Record your observations in a journal.  You should have at least 3 observations.

Illustrate the spider web and the spider (if available).

Where was the spider found?

What was the spider doing?

Was there anything stuck to the web?  What was it doing?

What kind of web was it?  (orb, triangle, funnel, or cobweb

In a small group, read about spider webs.

With the entire class, go to web sites that show spider webs and the process of making webs.

Discuss with the class how spider webs are made and the types of spider webs.

Choose one of the webs in your journal and make a poster.  Recreate the spider web in yarn.    Write your observations on the poster. 

Quality Standards:

Individually, students will observe spider webs on the Nature Trail, on the school grounds, and at home.

Individually, students will record their observations in journals.  The following information will be included:

*illustraton of the spider web and the spider (if seen)

*location of the web

*what the spider was doing when observed

*what was stuck in the web

*what kind of web it appeared to be (orb, triangle, cobweb, or funnel

Students will divide into groups of 3-4 and read nonfiction books to learn about spider webs.

The entire class will go to the computer room and log in on sites that show types of spider webs and the process of making spider webs.  

Students will participate in a class discussion on web making and types of spider webs.

Students will choose a page from their journal to make a poster.  The spider web will be reproduced in yarn.  Important information will be included on the poster.  The information will be written in complete sentences.

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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Student observes spider webs on the school grounds or at home.

Student recorded observations with illustrations and written descriptions in journal.

Student recorded at least 3 observations.

Student participated in reading group to learn about spider webs.

Student participated with entire class in logging on to web sites that showed spider webs and the spider web making process.

Student participated in class discussion about spider webs.

Student created a poster that met the requirements.

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