Did you hear about the spiders that went into space last week on the Space Shuttle Endeavor? The spider are part of a project aimed at getting children involved in science (see more about it in related activities section). Our books today, Orb Weavers: Hungry Spinners by Sandra Markle, is a perfect tie-in book to accompany the Spiders in Space experiment.
Series: Arachnid World
Reading level: Upper Elementary (Grades 4-8)
Summary: Overview of what makes orb weavers unique from other spiders. Includes information on anatomy, life cycles, and about their webs.
Illustrations: Color photographs
Comments: Sandra Markle has written a number of books about spiders and her passion for them shows through. Just the right amount of information to keep the reader interested.
- The book has an activity on page 46 to test how spiders feel movement of their webs.
- Check out the Spiders into Space science project
- Scientists have just discovered an orb weaver that produces the biggest web in the world, so large they go across streams!.
Compatible fiction: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Publisher: Lerner Pub Group (T) (March 2011)
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