Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Charlotte's Web

Salutations! We've completed our novel study of Charlotte's Web, the beloved classic about a pig named Wilbur whose life is saved thanks to his friend Charlotte, a clever spider who is a "true friend and a good writer". The tale contains lessons of friendship, loyalty, life, and death.

The class used lapbooks containing a ton of graphic organizers and comprehension questions during our novel study.
The students revealed what wonderful word weavers and poets they are on our Charlotte's Web bulletin board that displays spiders decorated with words Charlotte should spin and "Friend" acoustic poems.
The bulletin board also displays student-created brochures for the state fair where Wilbur wins the blue ribbon.

We spun together a test review and fun using a spiderweb manipulative. Each student picked a spider task card off the whiteboard web and asked classmates to answer the comprehension question on the back.
Our unit cumulated with a Charlotte's Web party. We munched on popcorn (representing fair food), animal crackers (representing the barn animals), and pink candy sticks (representing Wilbur) while we watched the Charlotte's Web movie with Dakota Fanning playing Wilbur's friend, Fern. We'll be going to see the play at Montclair State University in March.

The unit can be purchased at my TPT store:

Happy teaching!

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