Standards and Objective
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
- A chalkboard or chart paper
- A ball of yarn
- Arachne (Greek Myths) as told by Jim Weiss
- Anansi stories
This story is a Greek Myth, created to tell why things are the way they are. Arachne will be tricked and punished for being vain and arrogant. In the end, she gets what she wants, and that turns out to be a terrifying thing!
Play: Arachne (Greek Myths) as told by Jim Weiss
There are many tales, movies and stories that have a spider in them. While spiders do weave beautiful and intricate webs, many people are still afraid of them.
Have the class sit in a circle on the floor, while you hold one end of a ball of yarn. Toss the ball of yarn to someone and have him or her tell you the name of a story, movie, play, or song with a spider in it. After they say their title, they should hold the yarn with one hand, and toss it to another person who would like a turn telling you what they know about spiders.
Repeat this until every person has had a turn. If someone is stuck when they get the ball of yarn, they can say, “PASS” but they don’t get to hold the yarn (and be a part of the web you are creating) until they make a connection.
Some responses may include:
• Little Miss Muffet
• The Itsy Bitsy Spider
• Charlotte’s Web
• Spinarak (from Pokémon)
• Blackarachnia (from the Transformers series)
• The Lord of The Rings
Any story they can recall that refers to a spider would be considered appropriate. Variations are also welcome. For example, if someone says “Spiderman” someone else may think of the character Venom, from the film Spiderman 3. For this activity, creating the web by taking a turn and allowing others a turn matters more than “pinpoint” accuracy with a response.
Summary: In this story, the main character tries to be sneaky and is boastful about her skills. Think about what the difference is between being proud of what you can do bragging is. Can bragging all the time make a person “scary to be around” like a spider? Would you be happy if your punishment were to do something at which you want to excel, and nothing else, for all eternity
The Anansi stories are fables that all include the spider. An ancient version of the Spider Man existed long before Stan Lee drew Peter Parker. There are more than 10 stories featuring this trickster and his animal friends on Tales2go.
About the Common Core
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) lay out very specific listening requirements, by grade, as part of a dedicated strand for speaking and listening skills. The standards specify the use of ‘other media’ within the standards, e.g., “CCSS.ELA-Literacy 3.2 Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.”
Listening is placed on equal footing with reading, writing and speaking. And for those tempted to just pair audio with visual text, that approach is common and valid with emerging readers, but not what the standards intend.
The CCSS also requires students to comprehend texts of steadily increasing complexity as they progress through school. Audio books can act as an important scaffold that allows students to read above their actual reading level.
Learn more at www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy.