Spot Spooky Spiders


Associate the letters sp with the /sp/ sounds (e.g., spooky, spider, spots).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • spooky
  • spider
  • spin
  • spots


  • Black paper to make a spooky spider
  • Spot stickers
  • Spooky Spider song (see below) to the tune of Frère Jacques
  • Spooky Spider text (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will spot spooky spiders as they practice saying the /sp/ sounds in words such as spot, spurt, and spin.

Practice the skill within an activity

Make spooky spiders

  • Give the children a black paper circle with a straight line drawn from the outside to the center of the circle.
  • Cut a slit along that line.
  • Overlap and tape the edges to create a shallow, cone-shaped body.
  • Tape string to the center of the cone body.
  • Have the children write an sp on eight strips of paper, saying the /sp/ sound each time.
  • Attach the eight strips of paper to the cone body to make spider legs.

Spot spooky spiders

  • Have the children splat spots (stickers) on the spider to make it extra spooky!
  • Tell the children to write the letters sp on the spider body and make spooky squiggly and swirly letters.
  • Have the children spin their spiders while singing the Spooky Spider song to the tune of Frère Jacques (see below).

Spot the sneaky spider

  • Explain that spiders are sneaky and can hide really well.
  • Have a child hide a spider.
  • Invite the other children to spot the spooky spider.
  • Have the children say /sp/ when someone spots the spider.

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Read the Spooky Spider text

  • Read the text Spooky Spider to the children.
  • Have the children find and circle the letters sp throughout the text, saying the /sp/ sounds each time they circle the letters.
  • Read the text again and support the children in reading the text (have the children read the /sp/ sounds while you read the rest). Have the children make a crawling spider motion with their hands whenever they hear the /sp/ sounds.

Write the target letter

  • Have the children help you make a list of names beginning with the letters sp.
  • Let the children choose a name for their spider and write it on a sticky note to stick on their spider.

SEEL Target Texts

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Spooky Spider Song

Spooky spider,
Spooky spider,
See the spots!
See the spots!
Spin the spooky spider,
Spin the spooky spider,
Spooky spots!
Spooky spots!
Sung to the tune of to the tune of Frère Jacques (

Spooky Spider

We made a spooky spider.
First, we made a spider body.
Then, we splattered some spots on the spider.
Next, we stuck some legs on the spider.
Last, we spun the spider on some string.
That made our spider spooky!

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Associate the letters sp with the /sp/ sound (e.g., spooky, spider, spin).


  • Spooky Spider song (see below)
  • Black paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Marker or spot stickers

Activity: Spooky Spider

  • Make a spooky spider together:

    • Cut a circle and 8 strips from the black paper. 
    • Cut a slit from the edge to the center of the circle to make the spider's body.
    • Splat spots on the spider's body (use spot stickers or a marker).
    • Make a shallow cone by overlapping the edges that have been cut and secure with tape.
    • Fold the 8 strips of black paper into a concertina or accordion pattern and attach to the body to make the legs.
    • Attach a piece of string to the center of the circle.
  • Think of names beginning with the /sp/ sound and choose a name for the spooky spider.
  • Play a game called See the Spooky Spider, where one person hides the spider and the other person searches for it. Sing the Spooky Spider song (see below) while searching.
  • Help your child draw and label a picture of his/her spooky spider. 



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.