Multiplication (tables): 8x: arachnids
We are learning how to multiply by 8.
Spiders and scorpions belong to a group of animals called arachnids. All arachnids have 8 jointed legs. Some scientists think that having so many legs is a survival strategy. If a spider or scorpion loses a leg, it can still use its remaining legs to move quickly and escape a predator. Did you know that spiders and scorpions don’t have ears? To hear, they ‘pick up’ vibrations through the tiny hairs that cover their legs.
In this fascinating clip, Portia, a spider-eating jumping spider, attempts to catch another arachnid that is three times her size. This proves tricky, as the larger spider is venomous and surrounded by a sticky web. However, Portia is super smart. Which of her many superpowers will she use to catch her prey? Watch the clip to find out.
Quick Number Challenge
The answer is 8, what could the question be?
(Challenge yourself to find ways of making 8 that you think no one else will have thought of.)