Science B39: The Spider’s Web


Award-winning video and lesson investigations for young children on the topic of the spider’s web

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Video and lesson investigations on the topic of the spider’s web. Key concepts include:

  • A spider’s web needs support.
  • The framework is made from dry silk.
  • The trap (for other insects that it needs for food) is made from sticky silk. Spiders’ webs are designed to withstand a variety of forces.
  • The design of a web is ideally suited to its function of catching food.
  • Many spiders spin at night, just before dawn.
  • They begin eating the previous day’s web and re-cycling the silk for further use. They start weaving a web by anchoring the silk to several key points.
  • This provides support for the web.
  • It is the cross-weavings of the web that are made from sticky silk.
  • If you watch a spider travel around its own web you will notice that it avoids the sticky part.
  • The silk of most spiders’ webs is very find yet it is, for its size, one of the strongest materials known


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