[Surfnetkids: 18 May 2011] Spiders

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#1. May 18, 2011

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

I penned this note in advance, just hours before leaving on my Italian girls getaway. But if all has gone according to our schedule, we took a train to Florence from Rome yesterday, and checked into our apartment in Florence. We are in the Santa Croce area of Florence, in a building that dates back to the thirteenth century! In fact, Leonardo da Vinci began his first apprenticeship at the age of thirteen on the corner of the block where we will be staying.

By now, there should be pictures posted on Flickr and Facebook. I would love to hear from you. You can comment at the Surfnetkids Facebook page (as long as you have already “LIKED” me.)

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. Spiders

by Barbara J. Feldman

Spiders Printable (** for premium members only)

Spiders are eight-legged creatures that produce silk and have venomous fangs. They are found in every continent expect Antarctica, and rank seventh in species diversity among all organisms! Although frequently associated with webs, there are some spiders that do not spin webs. Learn more at today’s site picks.

Burke Museum: Spider Myths
Spider expert Rod Crawford, Curator of Arachnids at Burke Museum in Seattle, WA, says that nearly all “widespread information about spiders is false.” This collection of spider myths, misconceptions and superstitions has grown out of his desire to educate us. The first myth he tackles is that spiders are insects. Spiders, however, have eight legs and belong to the Class Arachnida, while insects have six legs and are in the Class Insecta. “Arachnids are as distant from insects, as birds are from fish. It really is not a trivial distinction!”

Enchanted Learning: Spiders
For young explorers, Enchanted Learning has dozens of spidery crafts, rhymes and printable worksheets. My favorite clicks are the Label the Spider Anatomy printout (with definitions for spider parts such as spinnerets, pedicel, abdomen and cephalothorax) and the Tarantula fact sheet. “The biggest tarantula is Pseudotherathosa apophysis, which has a leg span of about 13 inches (33 cm). These arachnids have a very long life span; some species can live over 30 years.”

Kidzone: Spiders
Kidzone has lots and lots of spider activities (worksheets, printable puzzles, coloring pages) plus an excellent Spider Fact slide show and cool, creepy photo gallery. “All spiders are predators and many will eat other spiders. Scientists have found spiders in amber (Did you watch Jurassic Park?) that dates back to about 2 million years. Because spider’s skeletons are quite small and fragile it is difficult to find whole fossilized spiders.”

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#3. Printables Club Members Also Get …

Surfnetkids Printables Club Members also get the following printables to use in the classroom, the computer lab, the school library, or to send home with students:

Spiders Printable

Spiders Wikipedia Printable
E.B. White Printable

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