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The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Trapani, Iza (Author/Illustrator)
Charlesbridge 1997. 32 pages
First published: 1993
ISBN: 9781879085695 (paperback)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

recurring patterns

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

The rhythmic pleasure of this classic children’s song is expanded, with the addition of new adventures. Besides the traditional waterspout, the itsy bitsy spider climbs the kitchen wall, across a fan, up a yellow pail and along a rocking chair, until she finds a tree: “She slipped on some dew/And landed next to me.”

Sweet illustrations in vibrant and contrasting watercolour effects depict the world from a spider’s perspective. One double-page spread shows the little spider blown by the fan, along with some papers and petals from a spilled flower vase. Another depicts striated sunlight across an old porch and a cozy-looking rocker. Birds, butterflies and other animals inhabit these pages, as do giant-size blossoms and fruits.

Readers may wish to add their own verses, practising rhymes and rhythms while varying themes. In this story, the different situations serve to highlight a message of can-do persistence and its rewards: “She wove and she spun/And when her web was done,/The itsy bitsy spider/Rested in the sun.” Back material provides the musical score, as well as all the verses in the book.

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    Sing the song and do the actions for the traditional rhyme, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

  •  Read the first verse of the song in the book. Do the illustrations match what you pictured in your head when you were singing the song?
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    In a small group, make up actions for one of the new verses of the song. Teach your actions to the rest of the class.

  •  Read a non-fiction text about spiders. Compare actual spider facts with the events in the story.
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    Clarify the vocabulary (spider, rain, waterspout, etc.) needed to sing and understand the traditional rhyme, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

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    Sing along with the teacher and perform the actions for the traditional rhyme.

  •  As the book is read aloud, make up actions for the new pictures and verses.
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    Match labels of your newly learned words to the appropriate pictures on a teacher-created handout.

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    In subsequent readings of the book, sing along and perform the actions, first with the recurrent words and then the whole song.

  • To cooperate with others
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Music
  • Science and Technology