The final part of the poem says,
“Up jumped the cunning spider,
and fiercely held her fast.
He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den,
Within his little parlour; but she ne’er came out again!”
This ending is very negative as the fly is eaten.
Write your own version of the final part with
a positive ending for the spider and the fly.
Make sure your second and last line rhyme.
e.g. Up jumped the friendly spider,
Who was filled with joy and laughter.
Fly became his new best friend,
And they lived happily ever after!
The spider offers the fly a slice of ‘all that’s nice’ from his pantry.
Can you guess what’s in the slice?
Write a recipe for the spider’s favourite cake and fill it with the spider’s favourite ingredients.
(You could use a cake recipe you have at home and change it with disgusting spider treats.)
There are many different types of spiders and flies, all with unique features.
Create a fact-file like the one below about one of the spiders or flies in this list.
Try to find out some interesting facts about them – can you find a fact that you will think I won’t know?
Spiders: Black Widow, Common House Spider, Funnel-web, Huntsman, Money Spider or Tarantula.
Flies: Bluebottle, Crane Fly, Dragonfly, Greenfly, Horse-fly or Mosquito.
If you can’t find any facts on the internet, you can use these facts below to help you.
- A member of the Theridiidae family and also known as Latrodectus.
- 31 different species of them.
- Usually have a red or orange spot on their abdomen.
- Some females can measure up to 13mm in body length. Males are usually half the size of females.
- Females eat male spiders after mating, inspiring their name as a ‘widow spider’.
- They create irregular, tangled, sticky silk webs.
- Black widow spiders prefer to nest on the ground in undisturbed areas or small holes.
- Their prey consists of small insects such as flies, mosquitoes, grasshoppers, beetles and caterpillars.
- They hang upside down from their webs and wait for their prey.
- If they feel threatened, it will quickly spin a line of silk to the ground and may prefer to play dead.
- They only bite when they cannot escape.
- Considered to be one of the most venomous spiders found in America; however, their bite is rarely fatal to humans.
- Insect belonging to the Odonata order.
- 5000 different species.
- Characterised by large eyes, two pairs of strong, transparent wings and an elongated body.
- They are agile fliers.
- They are predators.
- They eat butterflies, termites, gnats. Mosquitoes and ants (can only catch them whilst flying as they grab them with their feet).
- Can eat 30 to 100 mosquitoes per day.
- They often live near fresh water.
- One of the first winged insects to evolve, some 300 million years ago.
- Have wingspans of two to five inches.
- Can live for up to a year.