Continuing on with Fairbanks Museum’s new 2017 theme of insects, my new class topic may not classify as an insect with their eight legs, but it certainly coincides with all the good aspects and symbiotic relationships they bring to our world.
Today was my first day teaching The Spider Enigma, to a visiting second grade class. The first thing I asked, with a display of hands, who liked spiders and who didn’t like them. It was 3-12, no surprise, but the follow up was telling them my hope was that they left the class with a new found respect for spiders.
From the basic facts and details about spiders, to specific spiders like my favorite the Bagheera Kiplingi and NASA’s space-traveler Nefertiti, and focusing on the vital necessities they offer in both the natural world and our own home worlds. Take a look below at some of my favorite slides from the 30 slide presentation. The Golden Orb Weaver, Wolf spider, and photos of the spider having a meal were taken by me!
I had construction paper and color pencils ready for when the presentation was over so we could make our own spider webs! My last slide didn’t have a ladder example, which was even better, so I could show them the difference between how its spun differently than the orb web. Students did so well at this part, especially when being instructed they had to include in their drawing something the web was attached to. One student did exceptionally well copying my ladder web, even being the only one who picked this design!
Now the best part of the class was getting to move our bodies and dance along to YMCA while we watched the male Peacock spider display his adorable mating dance.
Onto gearing up for the four week online workshop training for the Earth Science Toolkit!