Monday, 26 September 2016

Spider Life Cycle Activity

Halloween is approaching soon! There's always something about Halloween that I just can't help but associate with bugs, creepy crawlies, and spiders. We've actually had quite a few spiders around our house, which has sparked several conversations with Y. 

I've mentioned it before, but I just love the age that he is at right now! He's so inquisitive and asks so many questions! He just turned four years old and wants to know why and how things work all of the time. I'm having so much fun with his interests and desire to build his knowledge. 

To answer some of Y's questions about spiders, and coincidentally also perfectly on time for Halloween, I created a fun spider life cycle printable and activities! 
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Halloween Activities: Spider Life Cycle Printables



Age: Y is 4 years old 
Goal: The goal of this work was to give the child a simple presentation about the life cycle of a spider. After completing the works below, the child learns the phases of a spider life cycle and (new) vocabulary words. 


Presentation  
I like to keep these types of activities very simple, especially as the material covered is so new. I presented the spinner on the larger tray, and one set of life cycle cards in the smaller tray. 

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How to use the materials
To begin, I gave Y a 3 part lesson on the cards. We talked about the new terms pertaining to spiders. I also included one for a spider web. Even though a web is not per se included in the life cycle, it is relevant to spiders, and I wanted to cover it as a vocabulary term. 

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Note: Aside from using these cards for a 3 part lesson, we also used them as two part cards for Y to match to each other. This reinforces vocabulary terms and helps him to remember what each phase is called. 

For reinforcing the life cycle specifically, this time, I wanted to try something new to present our life cycle works. I thought a spinner with an arrow would be just the thing to grab Y's attention and add a bit of a unique twist, which definitely worked! Y was quite interested in moving the arrow and asking me to read the labels. It was a wonderful way to reinforce the vocabulary terms and talk about the cyclical nature of a life cycle (adult spider lays eggs, eggs grow into adult spiders, lay more eggs, etc).

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First, we used the spinner to simply talk about the life cycle. I explained each phase briefly. After all, Y is only four years old so the entire lesson lasted only about five minutes. 

Afterwards, Y got to spin the wheel/arrow and then find the matching card to go along with the phase it landed upon. 

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