Becoming a Spider Scientist

by: Patricia Patrick and Angela Getz

In this integrated unit, third grade students become spider scientists as they observe spiders in their classroom to debunk some common misconceptions about these intimidating creatures. Charlotte’s Web is used to capture students’ interest. In addition to addressing philosophical topics such as growing-up, death, and friendship; E.B. White’s book defines vocabulary words and incorporates scientific facts concerning arachnids. However, some of the spider information in the book is not accurate. Therefore, Charlotte’s Web can also be used to teach students to become better informed readers.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 11/1/2008Stock # sc08_046_03_32Volume 046Issue 03

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