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Introduction Grade K Lessons Grade 1 Lessons Grade 2 Lessons Grade 3 Lessons Bibliography
Table of Contents
Lesson Overview
Teacher Background Information
Lesson Focus
Objective Grid
Lesson 1: Spiders! Scary or Nice?
Lesson 2: Spiders Have Special Characteristics
Lesson 3: Spiders Catch Prey
Lesson 4: The Spider's Life Cycle
Lesson 5: Spiders Have Natural Enemies
-Spiders Can Defend Themselves
-Spider Enemies
-Spider Paths
Lesson 6: Spiders Live Everywhere
Lesson 7: Now We Know Spiders!
Spanish Language Translations

Spiders - Lesson 5: Spiders Have Natural Enemies
ACTIVITY: Spiders Can Defend Themselves

Students learn that spiders have many ways to defend themselves from their enemies and name at least three different ways.

Pictures of spiders defending themselves using their draglines, using their poison fangs, hiding and escaping in their webs, and looking frightening like a tarantula. See Teacher Background Information.


  1. Ask students what they would do if someone was going to attack them. Make a list.
  2. Students pantomime how they would defend themselves from attack.
  3. Students describe how they think spiders would defend themselves.
  4. Students dictate or write in their journals illustrated stories of how spiders defend themselves.

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