silly little round is perfect for October, that spidery time of year!
As I perform concerts I find that children of all ages (and some
adults!) are still confused about whether or not spiders are insects.
This song should clear that up once and for all! Read below for
variations on how to sing this.
1. Sing as a round
Sing the song once all the way through, then divide group into parts
as indicated in the lyrics and on the sheet music.
2. Sing the song using hand and head movements
as indicated in the lyrics.
3.Divide children into three
and give each group a different set of rhythm instruments.
Arachnid (Part one) - shakers
I’m a Spider (Part 2) - jingle type bells
I am not an insect (Part 3) - rhythm sticks using the scraping
sound, or wooden blocks and sticks
Practice each group’s part. Have each group sing and play its own part
as you go through the song.
Round (I’m a Spider)
(Hand motions for each part are below)
(sung 4 times)
I'm a spider (sung 4 times)
I am not an insect (sung twice with 4
counts silence in between)
HAND MOTIONS /
Lower head on “a” and raise on “rach,” keep still on “nid”
Make ASL sign for spider: With crossed wrists, both claw hands face
down, with little fingers
interlocked. The hands move forward with fingers wiggling like legs
Nod head “no” and make ASL sign for insect: 3 hand is held with thumb
touching the nose. The two fingers wiggle together.