I remember sitting in my fourth-grade classroom. My teacher had just finished reading Charlotte’s Web. Several students had tears streaming down their faces. I will never forget how Mrs. Jones explained that a good book will often make you laugh out loud and cry. Charlotte’s Web will do just that.
Charlotte’s Web tells about a young girl named Fern Arable who lovingly takes care of a piglet, naming him Wilbur. Wilbur is sold to Fern’s uncle, Homer Zuckerman. Wilbur feels lonely in his new home until a friendly spider named Charlotte welcomes him. The two become fast friends. When Charlotte overhears Zuckerman say he is going to slaughter Wilbur, she begins weaving praises about Wilbur in her web. Her webs attract publicity among Zuckerman’s neighbors. Soon Charlotte’s webs with their inscriptions become famous. Because of this, Wilbur goes to the county fair accompanied by Charlotte and a rat named Templeton, who helps find inspirational words for Charlotte to weave.
Seven Activities to Use with the Book
#1 ~ Spider Life Cycle
Tie in science by having students create animal life cycle posters for the different characters in Charlotte’s Web.
#2 ~ How to Draw a Pig
Follow these step-by-step instructions from Kathy Barbro.
This print-and-go project includes a class set of 30 spider webs. Students write synonyms in the blank spaces of the web. The finished product makes a simple yet cute bulletin board.
This is a fun way for students to practice with synonyms or antonyms plus using a thesaurus. Download the activity here.
#4 ~ Spider Web Art
Have students create spider web art. Here are some favorites. Just click on the website name to go to the individual sites.
#5 ~ Coloring Pages
#6 ~ Spider Snack
This terrific idea comes from Sara at Mom Endeavors.
# 7 ~ Charlotte’s Book Unit
If you would like to try out Charlotte’s Web Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples.
Charlotte’s Web Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities covering vocabulary, comprehension questions, constructed response writing, and skill practice.