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How to Use the Itsy Bitsy Spider to Engage your Students this October

Posted by Krystie Yeo on

The Itsy Bitsy Spider is a great way to engage your students this October. 

This is a go-to favorite because it gets all of the little ones engaged. Visual comprehension questions make it easy to hit IEP goals.

Emergent readers are something the kids enjoy again and again. (independent reading!) As an SLP, I highly recommend using this rhyme to engage your students this October.

Here's how you can use the Itsy Bitsy Spider to engage your students:

First, print out the lyrics and visuals from my Itsy Bitsy Spider Readers. I’ve included 2 versions, the classic rhyme and a core vocabulary adapted version.

Next, sing the song together as a class while following along with the visuals.

Afterwards, put the visuals in order and have the students sequence them as you sing the song again.

Finally, let the students practice reading independently by having them read along with you as you sing or by letting them read independently using the visuals.



Singing nursery rhymes is not only enjoyable for everyone involved, but it’s also great for language development.

Research shows that singing songs helps develop phonemic awareness, which is essential for developing early literacy skills such as learning to read and write.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider also targets functional vocabulary such as up, down, in, out, etc.

These are words that we use often in everyday conversation but can be difficult for some students to learn.

Additionally, this song targets sight words such as “the” and “little” which can be difficult for beginning readers.

By targeting these skills in a fun and engaging way, you’ll be sure to get your students excited about learning!

The Itsy Bitsy Spider is a great way to engage your students this October.

This classic rhyme has been rewritten to make it accessible for all students and is perfect for getting all of the little ones engaged.

Visual comprehension questions make it easy to hit IEP goals while emergent readers are something the kids enjoy again and again (independent reading!).

As an SLP, I highly recommend using this rhyme to engage your students this October!

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