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by Alexandra Siy
Dennis Kunkel, Illustrator
Alexandra Siy, Photographer

Reinforced | 48 pages | 10 x 10 | US$ 17.95
ISBN: 9780823428717 | 07-30-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: THIRD | Age: 6 to 10

Themes: Animals/Nonfiction, Science & Nature
Recommendations: C, K

CCSS Codes:
W.5.2, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 7, 9, 9b, 10
L.5.4, 4a, 4b, 4c, 5, 5c, 6
RF.5.3, 3a, 4, 4a, 4c
SL.5.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2-6

About the Book

Debunking myths about spiders, this book takes an extremely close look at creatures that have both fascinated and terrified humans.

An introduction explains what makes spiders unique. Then ten species are highlighted with incredible electron micrograph photographs and surprising facts. From diving bell spiders that live in bubbles underwater, to spitting spiders that shoot venomous wads of spit at their prey, to black widows and wolf spiders, this unusual book will intrigue readers and help dispel arachnophobia.

A companion to BUG SHOTS: The Good, the Bad, and the Bugly.


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"Face-out this arresting cover to lure and capture kids prowling around the 595s."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Do you agree with Governor Christie's statement, "Earlier today I saved a few school children from a spider"? Use reasons from the text to support your opinion. RL.4-5.1 / W.4-5.1

2. What text features does the author use in SPIDERMANIA? Explain how you personally used the features to get meaning from the text. RL.4-5.7

3. How does the author use reasons and evidence to support information about spiders? Give examples from the book. W.4-5.9b

4. Create a poster and presentation comparing and contrasting two different spiders from SPIDERMANIA. Include diagrams and labels and other multimedia. RL.4-5.1, 3 / SL.4-5.4, 5