Spider Physics: Use Signs to Enjoy an Anansi Story Do Action Science - Push, Pull, Gravity, Incline!

by  Author Valerie Marsh

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   Combine science, sign language, and storytelling! Enjoy a folktale
trickster story about Anansi the Spider. Then use Anansi's paper hat to
explore the science concepts of line of symmetry, force, push, pull,
gravity, friction and incline. Apply your knowledge to real life spider situations!
This program is a totally Hands-On interactive learning!

We will mail you all the fun supplies!

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About This Program


By Request: $155.00
By Request Premium: $145.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, Homeschool/Family

Minimum participants:

Just one!

Maximum participants:

Two classes together or about 45 students for optimum interactivity.

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, Writing Storytelling

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Booking Information

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About This Provider

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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 Paper Cutting Stories for Holidays, Puppet Tales, and True Tales of Heroes & Heroines.
     Valerie uses unique ways to tell tales for all ages including "Paper-Cutting" (fold and cut), "Mystery-Fold" (draw and tell), "Story Puzzles" (creating tangram objects), and Sign Language. She offers a wide variety of programs for students of all ages, as well as professional development workshops for teachers. Her writing methods are easy, involve audience participation, and engage students! No matter which program you request, Valerie tailors her program to your students! Easy and fun!
      Miss Liz the Science Wiz joins Valerie for our Action Science programs. Miss Liz uses puppets, sign language and action 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! We introduce the sign language we use to tell our story.
2. We enjoy a folktale trickster tale about Anansi the Spider.
3. Miss Liz the Science Wiz introduces "Newton's First Law of Motion".
4. Students will make predictions regarding what will happen to their hat as they apply force. Students vary the amount of force that they use and make predictions and observations..
5. Students experiment with push/pull and friction as they glide Anansi's hat across their table.
6. Students observe gravity as they drop Anansi's hat while sitting and then standing!
7. Students explore with their string to create an incline for Anansi's hat. They vary the angle of the incline and observe how this changes the movement of the hat.
8. Students increase the speed of their objects by increasing the weight using a paper clip!
9. We review all of the science terms, the sign language and our story!


Students will:
be able to retell our folktale trickster story about Anansi
become familiar with the scientific method.
learn the signs related to our story
learn about the forces of Push versus Pull and Friction
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.
demonstrate push/pull with an object of their choice
demonstrate gravity with an object of their choice.

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.