Learning stageEarly Stage 1, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3
Learning areaScience, Creative Arts
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- Spiders are the only animals that can make silk throughout their entire life.
- Spiders can fly! Spiders can release a thread of silk that is caught by the wind, which can carry them a few metres or up to hundreds of kilometres. This is called ballooning and is mainly done by spiderlings to help them to disperse.
- Spider silk is stronger than steel.
- What do all spiders have in common?
- How are the three groups of spiders different from each other?
- Why are spiders important in food webs?
The St Andrew’s Cross Spider is a weaver that is often found in Australian gardens. Read about the features of burrowers, hunters and weavers before doing the craft activity. Students will be able to create a spider that climbs up a piece of silk.