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Do tiny creatures that creep, crawl, buzz, and fly around your head bug you? Use Crayola Dry-Erase Markers to demonstrate your insect-elligence.
Although they both have exoskeletons (hard skeleton on the outside of their bodies), segmented bodies, and jointed legs, spiders and insects are very different species. Invite students to read books---such as "Everything Bug: What Kids Really Want to Know About Insects and Spiders" by Cherie Winner or "Simon and Shuster Children's Guide to Insects and Spiders" by Jinny Johnson---to learn about differences between the species. Students may do this research individually or in small groups.
Encourage students to notice that spiders have two body parts and insects have three. Observe the eight simple eyes on spiders and the two compound eyes on insects. Ask: Did you see that spiders have no antennae, while insects have two? Almost everyone knows that insects have three pairs of legs, while spiders have four. With Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils, students jot down other interesting facts as they discover them.
Students cut paper into slips with Crayola Scissors. Write favorite fun facts, one per slip. Place papers from everyone in the class into a container such as a recycled box.
At the top of a large dry-erase board, students use Crayola Dry-Erase Markers to draw an accurate illustration of a spider and an insect. Draw a line under the illustrations and a line between them, extending the full length of the board.
One student at a time pulls a fact from the container and reads it. Together, decide whether the statement refers to spiders or insects. As each fact is read, write the characteristic or place a tally mark under the appropriate bug. Stack the facts into a spider pile and an insect pile. When finished reading all the facts, the tally mark counts under each bug should match the numbers in each pile. Before you know it, you'll all be bug experts!
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