We are wrapping up our first PBL (Project Based Learning) about spiders! The kids have had such a good time with this project and I think we have finally come to an agreement...most of us anyway, that you should NOT squish a spider. Many spiders are helpful and eat insects that are harmful. Farmers are very grateful for spiders because they help eat insects that harm their crops. We have learned about many types including: Tarantula, Trapdoor spider, Jumping Spider, Black Widow, Brown Recluse and Wolf Spiders. We know all about the different spiders prey catching techniques! Did you know some spiders do not spin webs? Instead, they hide in burrows and wait for their prey! Sneaky! We have even gotten the chance to observe a real Tarantula! Students have re-created the spider life cycle and know all about spiderlings! The most important thing to remember though? Spiders are NOT insects...they are arachnids!