Charlotte's Web - E.B. White, Garth Williams, Rosemary Wells

Another classic piece of children's literature, "Charlotte's Web" is about a small runt of the litter pig who is saved from being killed by the farmer's daughter, Fern. Fern loves and cares for the baby pig and even names him Wilbur. Once Wilbur starts getting bigger, he is transferred to his new home in the barn of Fern's neighboring uncle. Fern is able to visit Wilbur, but is unable to see him as often. Out of boredom, Wilbur begins to befriend other animals in the barn, but his most important friend turns out to be a spider named Charlotte, who occupies a web in the corner of a doorway above him. Her love for Wilbur, coupled with her ingenuity, will save Wilbur's life. With this book's tale of love and friendship, I think everyone should read this book at least once in their lifetime! If I were to use this in a classroom, I think it would work best in either a third or fourth grade class. After finding this activity on Pinterest, I would have my students create an interactive lap book on the story. Different aspects of the lap book would include an area for setting, predictions about the story, cards on the main characters, problem(s) and solution(s), compare and contrast (book vs. movie), book sequencing, and a vocabulary portion. Each student would create their own lap book so while all the lap books will be similar, they will not be exactly the same in each of the different sections.