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The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
Grade Level(s): 1-2
By: Mandy Wallace

Listen to a story about spiders and make a spider and a web.


  • The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
  • black construction paper
  • cardboard egg cartons
  • white chalk
  • markers
  • black pipe cleaners


  1. Ask students to describe what a spider looks like. Write descriptions on the board.
  2. Introduce the story be asking why they think the story is entitled The Very Busy Spider?
  3. Read the story, reminding students to keep in mind what they thought the title meant.
  4. After the story, ask how many were right about their prediction of the title.
  5. Explain project: We are going to make spiders and a web for the spiders today. To make the web you will use black paper and white chalk. What is the first thing you should do when you get your paper? (Name)
  6. Make an example web having students tell you how it should look. What shape should it be? Should it have lots of lines? A volunteer can even come up to the board and help.
  7. After making the web, demonstrate how they will make their spider by pushing the legs into the egg cartons and decorating them with markers.
  8. Let the students know they will be getting these materials while they are making their web.
  9. Have a dot to dot or other activity for children to do if they finish early.


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