Spooky Spider


  • Recognize and/or produce the /sp/ sound in phrases or words that all begin with /sp/.
  • Point to words in a text (see below) to demonstrate print awareness. 

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • sing
  • spooky
  • spider
  • spots
  • spin


  • Pre-made spiders (1 for each group or child as desired)
  • Stapler and/or tape 
  • Chalk/whiteboard or chart paper for review activity
  • Chalk or marker

State and model the objective
Tell the children they will make Spooky Spider spin when they sing his Spooky Spider song with words that begin with his favorite /sp/ sound.

Practice the skill within and activity
Spin the spooky spider with spots

  • Before the activity, make a Spooky Spider as follows:
    • Body:
      • Cut out a black paper circle (4-5” diameter) and draw a straight line from the outside edge to the center of the circle.
      • Cut slit along line then take two ends and overlap and tape them together to form a shallow cone-shaped body.
    • Legs:
      • Tape or staple 8 skinny black legs on to body, (1" X 8 1/2” legs can be folded accordion style or folded in half for effect). 
    • Attach or color “spots” on spider body (use fluorescent sticker dots or white crayons to make dots). 
    • Thread 12” string or yarn through center of circle body and tape it inside on center of the slit. 
  • Have children sit in a circle. Stand in the center, holding the string of the Spooky Spider (see directions above).
  • Sing the Spooky Spider song (see below) as you model spinning the spider.
  • Say, “See Spooky Spider’s spots spin! Spinning spots make Spooky Spider dizzy, so he stops!” and drop the spider to the floor when you say “stops”
  • Encourage children to sing along as alliterative /sp/ phrases are repeated. 
  • Take turns spinning Spooky Spider in the center of the circle while singing the song. 
  • Repeat as desired, allowing 4 or 5 children to have a turn.

Apply the skill
Repeat words with the target letter

  • Gather in front of a chalk or whiteboard. 
  • Draw a spooky spider on the board with a large circle body and 8 skinny legs.
  • List Spooky Spider’s favorite /sp/ words on his body (e.g., spin, spot, spoon, space). 
  • Invite individual children to take a turn circling a /sp/ word to make spots on Spooky Spider. 
  • As desired, pass out Spooky Spiders to children, and sing the song a few more times, letting the spiders spin on the string.
  • Say alliterative phrases like, “Do you see spots on your Spooky Spider? Make the spots spin while we sing Spooky Spider’s song!”

SEEL Target Texts

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Spooky Spider Song (to the tune of "Frere Jacques")

Spooky Spider,
Spooky Spider,
See the spots.
See the spots.
Spinning Spooky Spider.
Spinning Spooky Spider.
Spider stops! 
No more spots.

SEEL At Home

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Children will repeat phrases that begin with the /sp/ sound (e.g., spider, spoon, space).


  • Spooky Spider song (see below) 
  • Spider graphic (see below) or spider made at school

Activity: Spooky Spider

  • Have your child teach you the Spooky Spider song (use the words provided if necessary).
  • Take turns having one person close his or her eyes while the other person hides the spider.
  • Sing the Spooky Spider song together as the second person looks for the spider.  
  • Repeat activity as many times as desired, taking turns hiding the spider.
  • Help your child remember all the words from the song that start with the /sp/ sound and make a list of all the /sp/ words.
  • Repeat this activity as many times as desired by the child to provide multiple opportunities for hearing the /sp/ sound.
  • Send the /sp/ word list to school with your child to share with a teacher and a friend.spooky-spider-song-and-graphic


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