Spiders & Their Webs :: Nature Study

Over the past few weeks, we have been observing a large variety of spiders and their respective webs on our nature outings.  As the webs are relatively complex, the kids haven’t yet felt comfortable truly sketching them in their journals.  I thereby present a photo essay of some of our favorites.  
Sheet Web ?

Funnel Web (observed in 2009)

Unknown Spider … no web nearby

Black & Yellow Garden Spider on Orb Web

Tunnel web next to a very interesting fungus 
My kiddos said, “Mom, when are we going to do a fungus challenge?  Barb?

It doesn’t show in the picture, but there was web within the circle

Garden spiders observed cooperatively building a web … or so we presume.

An orb web captured on paper in hopes of observing more details and integrating into our math curriculum.

About Eva Varga

Eva is passionate about education. She has extensive experience in both formal and informal settings. She presently homeschools her two young children, teaches professional development courses through the Heritage Institute, and writes a middle level secular science curriculum called Science Logic. In addition to her work in education, she is an athlete, competing in Masters swimming events and marathons. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, learning new languages, and above all spending time with her family. ♥

4 comments on “Spiders & Their Webs :: Nature Study

  1. Great collection of webs for your study this time. I always love a good orb web…and your spider was really big! The video was interesting, something I have never seen before too.

    Thanks so much for sharing your link with the OHC carnival.

    PS I did a series of fungus challenges a few years ago and they had the least participation of any challenges ever. I personally love a good fungus study so I will try to include one soon.

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