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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: Spider Enemies

Students list at least three spider enemies.

Pictures (or small plastic models) of various animals, some that are the spider's natural enemies and others that are not


  1. Students examine the spiders in the vivarium to see if they can observe what things a spider fears.
  2. Are spiders afraid of light? How would you find out?
  3. Are spiders afraid of noise? Are they afraid of being touched, for example, by a person with a straw or a twig?
  4. What happens if you touch a spider's web very softly with a straw or a small twig? Can the spider "feel" the vibrations of the web?
  5. Students hypothesize about why spiders would or would not be afraid of light. (Their enemies can see them.)
  6. Students will draw or collect pictures of various animals, and then sort the pictures into two categories: Spider Enemies and Not Spider Enemies.

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