In The Weather Spider, the reader will follow people whose livelihood depends on the weather know that some animals have a kind of sixth sense about it. The children in the story know this and consult Hina the spider. She spins her web low in the bushes, thereby telling the children that it's going to be a stormy season. A warning to farmers and fishermen is necessary, for the children know the value of paying attention to Hina's activities. Features of the Book – The story is fold in the form of questions and answers. – Some poetic devices are used: repetition and alliteration (weave my web) – Different text styles tell the reader whose voice is indicated. Roman text indicates the narrators' voice, whereas italic text indicates Hina the spider's voice. Purpose of the Book The story highlights the fact that animals may know things that we humans don't. The students will begin to understand the concept of animal instinct. The question/answer style of presenting the story to the students will challenge them to try to answer the questions. They will therefore be intellectually involved as they read the story.
Themes covered in this book are: Animals Birds and Insects, Weather, Relationships
Reading Level:17-18 (Turquoise)
Guided Reading Level17
Theme/TopicAnimals | Birds and Insects | Relationships | Transportation | Weather
Strategy/SkillsForming opinions | Making Judgments | Using texts as models for own writing | Vocabulary and word study