Spiders belong to a group of animals called “arachnids.” Arachnids are creatures with two body segments and eight legs. They don’t have wings and although they are often thought of as insects, they aren’t! Insects have six legs and thee main body parts.
The School Run – This great site has a lot of information, fun facts and a video on the subject of spiders. It is child friendly language and is a great starting point for an arachnid project.
Kidzone – This is another very good site for studying the spider family, with its set of spider facts and amazing photographs from the National Geograhic Photo Library. It provides information about ten really interesting types of spider individually. It also looks at the silk used to make webs and mentions the poisonous varieties of spider.
All Things Animal TV has a short video (below) showing a spider web with a fly in it, it was designed for very young children but is a great introduction to the topic.
All about bugs ( below) is an overview of the topic, looking at various bugs and seeing where the spider fits in! It is narrated by a child.
“Bugs can be slimy, beautiful, tiny, squirmy, and graceful. In this story, Kai and his friend Marcus are looking for bugs. They’re packing up their magnifying glasses, jars, and nets. Do you want to go on a bug hunt with them? Help them search for ladybugs, ants, bees, spiders, and butterflies. When you find them, you can learn all about how each bug moves and lives!” (All about Bugs)