My Spidey Senses are Tingling!

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So, everyone likes spiders, right?  What’s not to love?  The long, hairy legs, the multiple, beady eyes, or the fangs ready to pierce the skin?  Yeah, OK.  They are kind of gross.  We took a poll in our class and found out that about half of us hate spiders and the others like them, but we all find them very interesting.  Mrs. Fraher hates them ever since she got bit by a recluse spider.  It was very painful for her.

Our classroom is near a door leading to a playground near a desert wash.  This means that we get all kinds of creepy crawlies coming through the cracks in the door.  Here are some pictures we took of some of them:

Let’s find out more about spiders.  Here is what we learned after our research:

Spiders are not insects.  They have eight legs and insects have six legs.

Not all spiders spin webs.  This is because they can’t make silk.

Most spiders have eight eyes.  Ughhh!  Some spiders that live in caves and soil have no eyes at all!

There are about 35,000 different species of spiders in the world.  There are 3,000 spiders in North America.

Spiders have claws at the end of their legs.

Arizona has two very poisonous spiders:  the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse.  There are three main kids of black widow spiders and about 13 species of recluses.  Not all of them live just in Arizona.

Do you want to find out more about spiders?  Here are a couple great sites where we found our information.  Explorit Science Center and Arizona-Desert Museum: Spiders

Let’s have a little fun with a spider.  Here is a video Mrs. Fraher found on Facebook on a spider.  We thought it was super funny.

What facts can you tell us about spiders?  

Have you ever been bit by a spider?  

What spider species do you like the best?


3 thoughts on “My Spidey Senses are Tingling!

  1. Dear Mrs. Fraher’s Class,

    We thought that the facts you included about spiders was very interesting. We decided to take a survey of the class’s favorite spiders. The following are the results of our survey: wolf spider-5; black widow-2; tarantula-10; tunnel spider- 9; and brown recluse- 2. Which spider species does your class like the most? Which spider have you seen the most often in your classroom?

    Mrs. Goucher’s class

  2. Dear Mis.Fraher and class

    I liked all your incects and reptiles about the lizerds.Are you going to be studing them thes year.If you are I have two lizerds that relly wan’t to come see you and your class.And I told my lizerds that thay cude come see you and your class one day.Every time I walk thrue my bed room door they run strate to the glass and star at me but thay don’t hit the glass

    Zachary K inion

  3. Hello Mrs. Fraher’s class,
    My name is Frankie and I am a student like lots of you. I absolutely love spiders but am kinda afraid of some.
    Did you know …
    …that spider phobia is called “arachnophobia’.

    …Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet, eating her curds and whey… Miss Muffet was a real person! Her father, Dr. Mouffet believed that spiders could heal when eaten. Eek! If he was my dad, I’d be frightened of spiders, too!

    …The largest spider in the world is the Giant Bird-eating spider. One that was found had a leg span of 28 cm (11 inches)!

    …The smallest spider is the Patu Marplesi. You could fit 10 of them on the end of a pencil.

    …Spider silk is possibly the strongest material in the world! Scientists believe that if they gathered the same weight of spider web as a piece of steel, the web would be much stronger than the steel!

    I have been bitten by a spider once. That really hurt. It is a bit of a story…

    I was running as fast as I could through the grass at my mama’s (grandma) house. It was a lovely day in summer.
    I tripped over and landed on my knee. Lord that hurt!!! Then I felt itchy on my ankle. I bent down to scratch it and it really stung. I could then not stop itching it.
    After that my mama had to bandage it up tightly.

    When you get a spider bite, at first you don’t normally know. Then it starts to swell up. That is when you know. When it is about to go away it will look like a little pimple.
    Any way, that is my experience.

    By the way I have got a class blog too. This is the address…
    I myself have also got my own blog. This is the address…
    Please comment on these blogs as it would be much appreciated.

    From Frankie:) :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

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