Anansi can teach you a lot of things, both in and out of school. Playing around with Anansi can make you "street smart," or as the spiders say, "web smart." School smarts are different. You need to learn specific things.

Anansi doesn't have a regular school, with grade levels. It's more like sports. In spiderology, you can be at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level.

 

 

Habitats

Lesson 101: Habitat for a Tarantula
Game Plan
Tarantulas are often kept as pets.
What type of habitat would you make for a pet tarantula?
How would you meet its needs?

Lesson 102: Take a Spider Walk
Game Plan
What spiders live in your home yard, school yard, or park?
What are spiders favorite habitats?

 

 
 

 

Camouflage

Lesson 201: Defensive Plays
Game Plan
How do spiders avoid enemies?
What are the successful strategies?

Lesson 202: On the Offense
Game Plan
How do spiders actively defend against enemies?
If you were a spider prdator, which defense would you most want to avoid?

Lesson 203: Virginia Survivors
Game Plan
How do the common spiders of Virginia defend against enemies?

 

 
 

 

Food Chains & Webs

Lesson 301: Catching Dinner
Game Plan
How do spiders fit into a food chain?
What is their prey? Predators?

 

 
 

Adaptations

Lesson 401: Designer Spider Parts
Game Plan
What are the body parts of a spider?
How is each body part adapted to meet the spider’s needs?

Lesson 402: Champion Spinners
Game Plan
How do spiders spin webs?
Is web building a learned or instinctive behavior? Why?

Lesson 403: Be a Web Architect
Game Plan
What kinds of webs do spiders make?
How are these webs adapted to catch different kinds of prey?

 
 
 

Life Cycles

Lesson 501: Cycling with the Spiders
Game Plan
What are the stages in a spider’s life cycle?
Does a baby spider look like its parents?

 
 
 

Properties of Materials

Lesson 601: Amazing Silk
Game Plan
Why is spider silk called amazing?
Why do humans want to manufacture "artificial spider silk"?