Eric Carle Day 5: The Very Busy Spider

For our last day of our Eric Carle unit study we read The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.  We had a snack, made a craft, played a game, and sang a song.  We had so much fun with this unit study; I can’t wait until our family reunion next year, maybe we’ll have to do it again.

The Very Busy Spider

Read: The Very Busy Spider by Eric CarleEric Carle Study -Bekah (19) Eric Carle Study -Bekah (17)

Discuss: Farm Animals

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider or Old Mac DonaldEric Carle Study -Bekah (16) Eric Carle Study -Bekah (15)

Spider Web Snack

We used string cheese to form the spider’s web, a grape for the spider’s body, and pretzel sticks for the spider’s legs.Eric Carle Study (5) Eric Carle Study -Bekah (3)

The Very Busy Spider Story Stick

I printed out and laminated The Very Busy Spider Story Stick animals.  Then I put velcro on the backs and put velcro on the yardstick too.  I gave each child an animal and they could stick them on the yardstick in the order of the story as I read it to them again.Eric Carle Study -Bekah (14) Eric Carle Study -Bekah (13)Spider Web Team Work

The children sat in a circle and I held a ball of white yarn.  I passed the yarn across the circle and held on to my part.  That child said what his favorite farm animal was and then passed the yarn across the circle to another child still holding on to his part.  Then the second child said what her favorite farm animals was and passed the yarn across the circle to another child still holding on to her part.  We continued this until every child was holding part of the spider web.Eric Carle Study -Bekah (12) Eric Carle Study -Bekah (11)

 Spider Web on a Fence Post

Materials:

  • 6 wooden craft sticks
  • White yarn
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Black pipe cleaner
  • Black pom-pom
  • Construction paper

Directions:

  1. Glue the craft sticks in the shape of a rectangle onto the construction paper.Eric Carle Study -Bekah (10)
  2. Mix glue with a bit of water.
  3. Glue on small pieces of yarn to form a web by dipping the yarn in glue and placing it on the paper between the craft sticks.Eric Carle Study -Bekah (8) Eric Carle Study -Bekah (9)
  4. Create a spider with a black pom-pom, black pipe cleaners, and googly eyes on the web.Eric Carle Study -Bekah (7) Eric Carle Study -Bekah (5)

Eric Carle Unit Study

Day 1:  The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Day 2:  Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do You See?

Day 3:  The Grouchy Ladybug

Day 4:  The Mixed-up Chameleon

Day 5: The Very Busy Spider