Learn how several species of house spiders have adapted to living
with humans, and find out what strategies these house spiders use
to ensure survival.
Students are introduced to house spiders. Arachnids have many adaptations
that help them survive in a variety of habitats.
Length: 10:02 Grade level: 4-7
The "Tiny Creatures: House Spiders!" video program and
curriculum guide provide opportunities for students to learn:
- About spider adaptations, including sensitive hairs, venom and
ability to walk on smooth surfaces and move quickly.
- How spider webs are created.
- How interaction with humans can help and harm spiders.
Chinery, Michael. Spiders. Whittet Books, 1993.
Dewey, Jennifer Owings. Spiders Near and Far. Dutton Children's
Preston-Mafham, Rod and Ken Preston-Mafham. Spiders of the World.
an arthropod with four pairs of walking legs
arthropod: invertebrate with a jointed body
entomologist: scientist who studies insects
invertebrate: animal without a backbone
juvenile: immature animal
predator: animal that hunts and eats other animals
prey: animal that is hunted or eaten by other animals
secrete: to give off
species: group of living things that are the same in many
spinneret: organ for producing threads of silk
toxin: poisonous substance
venom: poisonous matter secreted by an animal
web: network of silken thread