We’ve got a brilliant emergency lesson plan which requires minimal preparation time. This interactive literacy lesson is taken from Primary Curriculum Box, and is part of the Cambridge Copy Collection.
This creepy-crawly lesson is great for your pupils aged 10-12, and all you need to get started is a photocopy of the Making a Spider’s Web worksheet for each pupil.
Begin with a fun guessing game
It grows and it can move.
It isn’t a mammal, it isn’t a reptile and it isn’t an insect.
It’s an invertebrate.
It has eight legs . . .
. . . What is it?
Explaining a process
1: Use the visuals on the worksheet to teach: web, thread, hangs, branches, edge, spin, sticky, insect and catch.
2: Ask your students the following questions: What’s happening in the pictures? — Why?
3: Tell pupils to look at the pictures and put the sentences in order.
4: Ask your students: How do you know the order of the sentences?
5: Instruct your pupils to circle the sequence words.
6: Explain that we use the present tense to describe a process which is always true.
Writing about a process
7: Tell pupils to look at the pictures of how a bird builds a nest. Use the visuals to teach: feather, roll, twigs and weave.
8: Using the writing frame on the worksheet, the word box and the words circled in step 5, ask pupils to complete the description of building a nest.
Ask half the class to give you 4 facts about spiders, then the other half to give you 4 facts about birds. Then ask: Would you rather be a spider or a bird? – Why?
1: Put pupils into pairs, representing 1 spider and 1 bird in each pair.
2: Instruct the pupils who are spiders to tell the birds how to make a web.
3: The pupils who are birds should then tell the spiders how to make a nest.
Download the lesson plan here and keep it for a rainy day.