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.
Read this fantastic book to learn about Wilbur’s fate.
Activities for Charlotte’s Web
Charlotte’s Web Unit Samples
This sample includes activities from Chapters 1-2 including vocabulary practice, comprehension questions, and constructed response questions.
Teaching Idea #1 ~ Spider Life Cycle
Tie in science by having students create animal life cycle posters for the different characters in Charlotte’s Web. This project is easy enough that no templates are needed.
Here is how we created Charlotte’s life cycle.
Step 1 – Cut out three leaf shapes from green construction paper.
Step 2 – Have students create a yarn spider web. This can be done by cutting yarn into short strips and gluing them onto the leaves in a star design. Next, take a longer piece of yarn and go on top of the star shapes in a spiral design.
Step 3 – Glue pom poms or cotton balls for eggs.
Step 4 – Plastic spider rings make the perfect addition to the nymph and adult stages. These come in bags of a hundred or more. Cut off the ring part and use just the spider portion of the ring.
Step 5 – Students label the finished art piece.
Teaching Idea #2 ~ How to Draw a Pig
Teaching Idea #3 ~ Synonym Web Printable
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.
Teaching Idea #4 ~ Spider Web Art
Teaching Idea #5 ~ Coloring Pages
Teaching Idea #6 ~ Spider Snack