Need an alternative to Halloween storytime? Try spiders! This digital library lesson is perfect for librarians looking for an October storytime with a science twist.
Please note that this presentation is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you!
Content Warning: This presentation is full of real, close-up spider photos (see the preview for slide samples). The underlying idea is that while some spiders can harm humans, the vast majority are harmless. Still, some students and teachers truly fear spiders and may be afraid of the photos. As always, know your audience!
This lesson has 61 slides & pages, and includes:
- All body text is ; you choose which slides you want to use.
- 18 slides are storytime and class discussion slides.
- that are great for extending storytime lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
- List of (1 page, PDF)
- The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for books about spiders.
- Picture / “I Spy” Scavenger Hunt activity (1 page)
- AASL National School Library Standards (2018),
- National Common Core Standards for English Language Arts, and
- Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
- Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings (2 pages, PDF)
18 Storytime Slides:
- slide and how-to sign video link (“spider”)
- “Fact or Fiction?” game of five (5) different spider facts and myths. Students decide if the statement is fact or fiction, then the next slide gives the answer and additional information. It’s also great for reviewing the word “fiction” as being not true or false. (11 slides)
28 Scrolling Slides:
- Spider species mentioned: yellow garden spider, tarantula, Goliath birdeater, jumping spiders, Brazilian wandering spider, brown recluse (all include real photo of the spider)
- Vocabulary words: molting, exoskeleton, arachnid, phobia, arachnophobia, prey, venom, head, thorax, abdomen, antennae, body segments, species, egg sac, silk, spiderlings
- 2 “Would you rather?” question slides
- 1 spider joke slide
IMPORTANT! Due to copyright law, read-aloud videos of the books are NOT included. You will have to record yourself reading the book, or do a live stream of the read-aloud for students to access the book. If your library owns the ebook(s), you could also share how to read or access ebooks through your online catalog or ebook management platform.
AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text.
- Inquire – C.1. – D.3.
- Collaborate – A.2. – D.1.
- Explore – A.1. – C.1.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1.
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