Spiders! Participate in A Folktale Using Sign Language! Do Action Science - Webs, Food, Body Parts

by  Author Valerie Marsh

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Use sign language and participate in a folktale story about spiders and their webs! Then become an arachnologist (spider scientist) and learn some fun spiders facts with Miss Liz the Science Wiz.  Your students will simulate real spider behavior while exploring a spider web that they have created!  Students will be able to retell our sign language story and do our science experiments at home.

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About This Program


By Request: $150.00
By Request Premium: $140.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, Homeschool/Family

Minimum participants:

Just one!

Maximum participants:

2 classes

Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Literacy, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, STEM, Writing

Program Delivery Mode


Booking Information

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

No charge for weather related cancellations.

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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
317 441 0158

Program Details


1. We begin the program by taking a vote finding out who likes spiders, and we review
the difference between fiction and non-fiction.
2. Students enjoy and learn sign language as Valerie tells the fiction sign language folktale story "A Crack in the Sky".
3. Students draw their own spider web relating it to the "Crack in the Sky" story.
4. Miss Liz Science Wiz jumps in with non-fiction and discusses the anatomy of a spider.
5.Students draw a spider on their web following the two body parts/eight legs anatomy rule.
6. Predator and prey are introduced along with the very special orb web where not every strand of the web is sticky.
7. Students highlight sticky strands on their web with a marker..
8. Students turn into spiders and the floor turns into an orb web, and the "spiders" very carefully walk around the web avoiding the sticky strands.
9. Students turn into insects and GET STUCK!
10. Students will also learn some fun spider facts.
11. Review the sign language and learn a fun spider sign language song.
12. Call To Action: Go home and tell the "Crack in the Sky" story. Then show your family how orb web spiders carefully walk around their web avoiding the sticky strands!


Students will:
1. learn basic spider facts
2. understand the difference between predator and prey
3. understand that insects and spiders are different
4. understand that spiders use certain adaptations that help them survive
5. use problem solving skills to carefully navigate around their "web", so they don't get stuck
6. be able to explain why orb spiders do not get stuck in their own web
7. understand the difference between fiction and non-fiction
8. create their own orb web and spider
9. retell the "Crack in the Sky" fiction story using sign language

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Please let Valerie know if you have specific standards that you would like her to cover.
Standards Covered in this Program:
CCSS.ELA-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
NA-VA.K-4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.6
K-PS2-1, PS2.A, PS2.B. PS3.C
K-ESS2 - 2.2
K-LS1 - 1

State Standards

Valerie will identify these for you if you would like.