This tarantula proves to be a very loyal pet… perhaps to a fault! In this poem, the narrator has a very sweet friendship with their pet tarantula, until a bullying cousin comes to visit and things take an unfortunate turn. Students in grades 2-7 can practice animal characters, movement, problem solving or transformation. We have also included some recommended step-by-step delivery ideas to help you turn the poem into a full lesson.
To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For each poem, we have created a corresponding journal page for your students. A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses.