Virtual Invertebrate Encounter - Arachnids

by  Butterfly Pavilion

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Through interactive video conferencing, an arachnid is introduced with a story and shown on camera. Then student scientists take the lead through inquiry, asking questions about the animal that set the direction for the remainder of this fun, back-and-forth session. 

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About This Program


Point to Point: $100.00


45 minutes, plus 15 minute connection time

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

10 students

Maximum participants:

30 students

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Booking Information

Programs are available by request Mondays-Fridays between 8am and 5pm MST. Two weeks' advance notice required for requests.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Once a reservation is confirmed, we depend on your group's attendance. A $50 processing fee is assessed for any of the following: cancellation or date change within 15 DAYS of the reserved date or no show.

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Butterfly Pavilion

Westminster, CO
United States

At Butterfly Pavilion, we transform the way people think about invertebrates. These small but mighty animals that surround us are so much more than people think. They are everywhere, because everything depends on them. They are the hidden heroes of the animal kingdom, and we--you and us--stand on the backs of these tiny giants. 

Butterfly Pavilion is the first stand-alone, Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited non-profit invertebrate zoo in the world and a leader in invertebrate knowledge, inspiration and connection. Our virtual programs feature interactive, real-time lessons on-screen facilitated by a Butterfly Pavilion educator, live on-screen animal experiences and/or exploration of real-world conservation topics and curriculum-aligned content that uses visual and audio media to illustrate science concepts.

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Program Details


This program begins with a short story about a spider. Then students observe a live spider and identify and label the anatomy through guided completion of a worksheet. Plenty of time is set aside for questions and answers, supported with visuals and live tarantula viewing.


1. Students will be able to identify elements of an arachnid's anatomy on a spider.
2. Students will forge a new connection with arachnids and gain appreciation for their importance.

(I THINK) I can identify the parts of an arachnid's body and how it is unique from other animals.
(I FEEL) I can appreciate the importance of arachnids and connect with them as living things.
(I DO) I can reduce my own and others' fear responses to spiders through better understanding.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
1-LS1-2. Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.
2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
3-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
MS-LS1-4. Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.
MS-LS1-5. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.

State Standards

LS09-GR.PreK-S.2-GLE.1 Living things have characteristics and basic needs
LS09-GR.K-S.2-GLE.1 Organisms can be described and sorted by their physical characteristics
LS09-GR.1-S.2-GLE.2 An organism is a living thing that has physical characteristics to help it survive
LS09-GR.2-S.2-GLE.2 Each plant or animal has different structures or behaviors that serve different functions
LS09-GR.3-S.2-GLE.1 The duration and timing of life cycle events such as reproduction and longevity vary across organisms and species
LS09-GR.4-S.2-GLE.1 All living things share similar characteristics, but they also have differences that can be described and classified
LS09-GR.4-S.2-GLE.3 There is interaction and interdependence between and among living and nonliving components of systems
LS09-GR.5-S.2-GLE.1 All organisms have structures and systems with separate functions
LS09-GR.6-S.2.GLE.1 Changes in environmental conditions can affect the survival of individual organisms, populations, and entire species
LS09-GR.7-S.2-GLE.1 Individual organisms with certain traits are more likely than others to survive and have offspring in a specific environment
LS09-GR.8-S.2-GLE.1 Human activities can deliberately or inadvertently alter ecosystems and their resiliency
LS09-GR.8-S.2-GLE.2 Organisms reproduce and transmit genetic information (genes) to offspring, which influences individuals’ traits in the next generation
LS09-GR.HS-S.2-GLE.2 The size and persistence of populations depend on their interactions with each other and on the abiotic factors in an ecosystem