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ERIC Number: EJ817859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Becoming a Spider Scientist
Patrick, Patricia; Getz, Angela
Science and Children, v46 n3 p32-35 Nov 2008
In this integrated unit, third grade students become spider scientists as they observe spiders in their classroom to debunk some common misconceptions about these intimidating creatures. "Charlotte's Web" is used to capture students' interest. In addition to addressing philosophical topics such as growing-up, death, and friendship; E.B. White's book defines vocabulary words and incorporates scientific facts concerning arachnids. However, some of the spider information in the book is not accurate. Therefore, "Charlotte's Web" can also be used to teach students to become better informed readers. (Contains 4 figures, 5 resources and 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A