Spiders Action Science: Enjoy an Anansi Folktale. Then Do Push, Pull, Gravity, Incline!

by  Author Valerie Marsh

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Enjoy a folktale trickster story about Anansi the Spider. Then use
Anansi's paper hat to explore the science concepts of line of symmetry,
push/pull, gravity and incline.
This program is a totally Hands-On!

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By Request: $140.00
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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2 Homeschoolers

Minimum participants:

Just one!

Maximum participants:

Two classes together or about 45 students for optimum interactivity.

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Sciences, Special Education, Character Education, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented Storytelling

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Author Valerie Marsh

Johns Island, SC
United States

     Valerie is the author of 13 storytelling books, a writing teacher, and storyteller. Her books include Paper Cutting Stories A to Z, A Treasury of Trickster Tales, Mystery-Fold: Stories to Tell Draw, and Fold, and Story Puzzles: Tales in the Tangram Tradition. Other books include Puppet Tales, and Heroes & Heroines.
     Valerie uses unique ways to tell tales for all ages including "Paper-Cutting" (fold and cut), "Mystery-Fold" (draw and fold), "Story Puzzles" (creating tangram figures), and Sign Language, She offers workshops for students, and professional development for teachers. Her story methods are easy, involve audience participation and get kids excited about writing! No matter which program you request, Valerie tailors her program to your class! Easy and fun!
      Miss Liz Science Wiz joins Valerie for the Action Science programs. Miss Liz uses puppets and physical actions to anchor basic scientific facts presented in our programs. Miss Liz will have your students acting out all kinds of physical and life science concepts!

Please note: All of our programs are for learners in school or at home, or both!

Author Valerie Marsh
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Program Details


1. Author Valerie Marsh will begin this program with a quick review of the difference between fiction and non-fiction! Students vote on which they like better. Then we will tell a folktale trickster tale about Anansi the Spider.
2. Children will discuss the math concept of line of symmetry and the number of spider legs..
3. Puppets "Peepers and Dr. Einstein" along with Miss Liz Science Wiz, introduce "Newton's First Law of Motion".
4. Students will make predictions regarding what will happen to their paper objects as they apply force.. Students will vary the amount of force that they use.
5. Students will experiment with push and pull forces as they glide Anansi's hat across their table.
6. Students will observe Gravity as they drop Anansi's hat while sitting down and then standing up!
7. Students will use their string to create an incline for Anansi's hat. They will vary the angle of the incline and observe how this changes the movement of the hat.
8. Students will increase the speed of their objects by increasing the weight using a paper clip!
9. We will review all of the science terms: Lab, Question, Predict, Observe, Materials


Students will:
be able to retell our folktale trickster story about Anansi
be introduced to the scientific method.
understand the terms predict, 0bserve, and conclude.
learn about the forces of Push versus Pull
learn about the concept of Gravity
learn about the concept of Incline
be able to identify the Line of Symmetry
work cooperatively with a partner during the experiments.
be active participants while conducting an experiment.
develop an appreciation for physical science.
be able to demonstrate push/pull with an object of their choice
be able to demonstrate gravity with an object of their choice.

Your students will need a pencil, paper clip, 20" length of string (we will mail it to you), and a piece of paper with the hat photocopied on and a pair of scissors. Depending on your students, you might want to have the hat already cut out for them

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Valerie will tailor her program to the standards that you want to meet with this program. Please let her know if you have specific standards that you would like her to cover.
CCSS.LEA-Literacy.RI.K.1 to .4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1 to .7
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.1 to .3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1 to .6
Science K-PS2-1, PS2.A, PS2-2,Motion, Stability, Gravity, PS2.B. PS3.C
NA-D.K-4.1, 4.3, NA-T.K-4.1, NA-VA.K-4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.6
Art NA-T.K-4.2, NA-VA.K-4.1-3, NA-VA.K-4.6, NA-D.K4.1-3

State Standards

Valerie will identify these for your state if you would like.