Saturday, October 10, 2009

What Are The Body Parts Of A Spider?

The children had an opportunity to put together a felt spider in small, cooperative groups.
Unit/Concept Ideas:
The children learned that spiders have 2 main body parts: cephalothorax and abdomen. They have 8 legs and can have up to 8 eyes!
Spiders and insects are related in that both are arthropods, having jointed legs and an exoskeleton. A nice connection to make here with your child would be that a ladybug also has an exoskeleton.
Spiders produce silk from glands within the abdomen and release it through spinnerets near the end of the abdomen.
Not all spiders spin webs, but the ones that do use their web to catch their food, insects.
Web spinning spiders use their sense of touch to detect web motion made by a mate approaching or by prey.

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