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I’m Trying to Love Spiders Activities and Lesson Plans for 2023

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for I’m Trying to Love Spiders will find this post helpful. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book. You’ll have everything you need to deliver engaging interactive read aloud lessons based on this story.

With themes of emotions and growth mindset, this I’m Trying to Love Spiders picture book by Bethany Barton is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too! Learn more about this book below!

Engage Your Students with I’m Trying to Love Spiders Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of I’m Trying to Love Spiders. You can find it in the section below.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with I’m Trying to Love Spiders reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

I'M TRYING TO LOVE SPIDERS SUMMARY

The story, I’m Trying to Love Spiders, is about the author trying to learn how to love spiders. The author starts off as scared of spiders and wanting to squish any spider she sees.

Throughout the story, the author learns interesting facts about spiders and slowly starts to like spiders. This story might change your students’ opinions of spiders, too!

I’M TRYING TO LOVE SPIDERS LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for I’m Trying to Love Spiders, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based I’m Trying to Love Spiders reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • asking and answering questions
  • author’s purpose
  • point of view

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • emotions
  • growth mindset

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • action verbs
  • contractions
  • ellipses

I’M TRYING TO LOVE SPIDERS ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
I'm Trying to Love Spiders book companion
two students listening to an interactive read aloud

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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for I’m Trying to Love Spiders?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD510L
  • Guided Reading Level: N
  • DRA Level: 24
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.7

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Bethany Barton. It was illustrated by Bethany Barton.

What genre is I’m Trying to Love Spiders?

It is a fiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 40 pages long.

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