Making a spider’s web lesson plan

Jade Glennon

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’s small.

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?

Follow up

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.

If you found this emergency lesson plan useful, why not take a look at the Grey Elephants from Denmark activity? Also from The Cambridge Copy Collection.

Share your ideas for a post below.
We're looking forward to hearing about it
and will be in touch once we've had a read.
0/5000 characters

Thank you for sharing your experiences.

We will take a read through your ideas and be in touch shortly.