I’m Trying to Love Spiders

The book, I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton is a hilarious, and informative book where the narrator does not like spiders.  In order to try and love these little creatures a bit better, the narrator goes through various facts about spiders in hopes that this will help build an appreciate for spiders.  It doesn’t quite go exactly as planned which leads to many smiles and laughter from my students.

I'm Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton

So, what could you do?

  1. My friend, and fellow school librarian, Michelle Shiles, had a great idea where students could create their own spiders from something they love.
    • In the book, the narrator wishes spiders were more like things she loves (burritos, soccer balls, rocketships) to make them easier to love.  Challenge students to create a spider using the materials provided to make something they love into a spider.
    • Materials to provide (just a suggestion): index cards, pipe cleaners (8 per spider) tape, glue, glue dots, crayons, markers, colored pencils, googly eyes, empty toilet paper rolls, Popsicle sticks, etc.
    • Click here to download an instruction sheet created by Michelle with some extension ideas as well.
  2. Create your own spiders out of pipe cleaners and googly eyes.  Fun and easy!  They have students write a story about the spider or write facts on why you should love spiders.
  3. Create your own spider web out of yarn or geoboards.  If  using yarn, challenge the students to create a web that can hold items like pennies.  How strong can they make their web?