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Spider Magazine Stories, Games, Activites and Puzzles for Children and Kids

Spider Magazine Stories, Games, Activites and Puzzles for Children and Kids November/December 2019

Stories, poems, and nonfiction articles are carefully selected to encourage students to read on their own, drawn along by bright illustrations and detailed drawings by famous children's artists. SPIDER also offers fun ways for young readers to practice critical thinking skills with riddles, puzzles, and other games. Grades 2-4

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9 Issues

In this issue

4 min.
doodlebug & dandelion mixed messages

“HEY, DANDELION! WE got a holiday party invitation from the Bogsworths!” Doodlebug Pinkley called up to his sister from the bottom of the stairs. She was in her room, and he wasn’t about to go up there. Instead, he raised his voice and loudly read the invitation. “‘Beach party next Saturday at Owl’s Beak Lighthouse. Tell all your friends!’” Boggington Bogsworth the Third was their neighbor and good friend. Bog’s uncle, Bongo Bogsworth the Fifth, was the lighthouse keeper, living there with his wife Selina. Bogsworth family parties were the best. Upstairs, her excitement percolating, Dandelion called her BFF Tomiko. “Guess what! There’s a party at Owl’s Beak. They’re calling it a peach party! Isn’t that cute? Let’s bring our own peaches. Tell Beepdee about Owl’s Beak too!” Tomiko called Beepdee immediately. Beepdee giggled…

1 min.
fabulous facts: sheep

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison all had sheep. President Woodrow Wilson kept sheep on the White House lawn. —Ophelia A sheep from New Zealand named Shrek hated getting sheared. He hid in a cave for six years before his owners found him. They sheared off enough wool to make twenty suits! —Spider There are hundreds of breeds of sheep around the world. They can have white, brown, or black wool. —Araña Wild sheep shed their wool every spring. But farm sheep don’t. Their wool never stops growing! — Sam Baby sheep, called lambs, can walk minutes after being born. —Thistle Sheep have rectangular pupils and excellent eyesight. —Miro Send your fabulous facts to spider@cricketmedia.com!…

3 min.
woolly weather woes

BZZZZZZ WENT THE sheep-shearing clippers.“Hold her tight, Humphrey!” Hildy cried. Humphrey and Hildy LeGrand were as happy as two sheep farmers could be. They had ten white sheep, eight black-faced sheep, and five long-legged lambs. Early every autumn, Humphrey and Hildy would herd their sheep into the shearing pen beside the big, yellow barn. Then Humphrey would hold each sheep tightly while Hildy’s steady hands zzzzzed off each fleece. When they finished, there were twenty-three fluffy piles on the floor, and twenty-three pink, skinny sheep leaping about, bleating happily as they were released back into the field. Humphrey and Hildy scooped up the fleeces and lugged them into the house. This shearing was a special one. They had saved all the wool from the last four shearings, and now they finally had…

1 min.
twitchy wool

My grandma knits with twitchy-wool.It twitches while she’s knitting.It’s even leapt right off her lapWhile she was knitting sitting.She knitted pairs of twitchy-socksAnd gave them to my mother.I’ve seen them in her sock drawer—They’re the only socks that shudder!She knit mittens for my sister,And when I see my sister flinch,I think the twitchy mittensMight have given her a pinch. For me, she made a sweaterThat keeps trying to escape.It twitches on my stomachSo I fasten it with tape.When people see my sweaterThey can’t believe their eyes.They think I must have stuffed itFull of bugs and butterflies.I tell them it’s just twitchy-woolAnd tell them where to buy it.I’m not sure why, but lots of folksDon’t seem to want to try it.…

1 min.
glorious gelt!

ON HANUKKAH, FAMILIES exchange presents, play dreidel, and snack on delicious gelt: chocolate candies shaped like coins. Why coins? In Europe, it was a Hanukkah tradition to give children a bit of gelt—Yiddish for money—to buy candy and treats. The first chocolate gelt was created in 1920 by a New York candy company. Now you can make your own sweet Hanukkah treat! What You’ll Need: 1 cup chocolate chips microwaveable bowl spoon mini cupcake liners baking sheet or muffin tin toothpick gold or silver foil scissors What to Do: 1. Arrange mini cupcake liners on the baking sheet or muffin tin. 2. Pour chocolate chips into the bowl. Heat in the microwave for 20 seconds, then stir. Repeat until chocolate chips are melted and smooth. 3. Spoon a small amount of warm chocolate into a cupcake…

3 min.
how big bear stuck to the sky a native american legend

ONCE UPON A time when Earth was young, Winter ruled. Snow and ice covered mountains and rivers, fields and forests. So hard was the floor between Earth and Sky that Sun could not peek through to warm the ground. Animals that survived this harsh cold hunted to provide what little food they could for their young. A big bear, called Fisher because the magic in his tail helped him catch fish, decided it was time to bring Summer to Earth. So Fisher invited all of Earth’s creatures to a meeting. “We will find a way to warm Earth,” he said. “Sun will bring grass and flowers and birds. We must reach the Great Spirit and ask for help. Who will go with me to the place where Earth is closest to Sky?” Otter, Lynx,…