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A Modified Charlotte’s Web Unit

For the 2012 Global Read Aloud project, participants chose the chapter book Charlotte’s Web. I was disappointed at first.  How are we ever going to participate in this project with such a high level book with so few pictures?  Okay, I thought, I think we can do this.  After all, we’ve read Freckle Juice in the past, and at least half of Beezus and Ramona. And last year, we participated with Flat Stanley.

So, I decided, if I put in the extra time to make visuals, we can do this.

  Our students are mostly visual learners, so I knew we would need a notebook to keep all of our pictures for each chapter of the book. I started to create the Notebook and realized, there are 22 chapters in Charlotte’s Web!?!?!


I’ve gathered all the visuals I made and all the projects that our class created so that no one else would ever doubt that they could, in fact, read a chapter book with their class of students with special needs.

The following items are being shared, for free, because I don’t believe in web sites like “Teachers Pay Teachers.”  Please use, enjoy, and help your students succeed. (And maybe send me an email and let me know where you are located and how your project is going-

Charlotte’s Web Comprehension Notebook – This is a PDF file, contains pages for characters, setting, each chapter, problem-solution page, and the first page of characters in the story.

More characters – This page contains additional characters. The first set can be found on the last page of the Comprehension Notebook.

Charlotte graphic organizer – We used this page after meeting Charlotte in the book.  We wrote in details about Charlotte and about spiders.

Charlotte’s Web Settings – This file contains two settings. The last setting (the County Fair) is found in chapter 17.

Zuckerman’s Farm Graphic Organizer – Using describing words to talk about this setting.

Charlotte’s Web Problem/Solution page – We glued this page onto the Problem/Solution page in our Comprehension Notebooks after labeling it with the words “problem” and “solution.”

Visuals Per Chapter (via pictures found on Google Images)- We cut and glued these onto the pages in our Comprehension Notebooks each day after reading the chapter. The students reviewed these each night at home as their parents read the same chapter aloud for homework.

Chapters 1 and 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12 and 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapters 21 and 22

Additional Crafts, Projects, and Papers– We completed lots of activities centered around this project for the 5 weeks we worked on the Global Read Aloud project. The crafts were used for fine motor practice and to practice following directions.

We completed this pig craft that we found on Pinterest after reading the first several chapters.













We also found this Barn Craft on Pinterest and created these after Wilbur went to Zuckerman’s Farm.
We created these spiders (minus the hair bow and orange Halloween eyes) after meeting Charlotte in the book.










Good Friends graphic – Use this page to discuss the friendship between Wilbur and Charlotte

Charlotte’s Webs cookies – We used this “recipe” to create cookies with spider webs on top.  This was great for a following directions lesson.

Comprehension Quiz (Ch. 1-5) – We used this quick quiz after reading chapters 1-5 aloud at school and at home.

Charlotte’s Web Pin Wheel activity – To be honest, we ran out of time to use this one, but it’s a good resource for a pinwheel craft, Bingo Game, and other information.

We created webs with sidewalk chalk on black foam (you could use black construction paper) and put our names in the middle.
This is a ferris wheel craft we created after reading Chapter 20. We used popsicle sticks and construction paper.











This large 3D spider named Charlotte was made by our first graders in Art Class! So glad the Art teacher could integrate this for us!











This large 3D Wilbur was made by our second graders in Art Class!












CW Worksheet Activity Set – Pick and choose what you like here. Another participant in the Global Read Aloud sent this to me.

CW Writing Pages – As we were working to write complete sentences about a picture, we created these pages for writing.

Charlotte’s Web study guide – I sent this home the night before the Comprehension Quiz for chapters 1-22.

CW Comprehension Quiz chapters 1-22 – We took this quiz after reading the book, creating all the projects, and watching both versions of the movie.

Other Websites, video clips, etc.-

Charlotte’s Web 60th Anniversary Trailer

Chin Up

I Can Talk

Templeton at the Fair

Charlotte’s Web Fun and Games K-2

Charlotte’s Web Fun and Games 2-4

Charlotte’s Web Chapter Summaries

Second Grade Web Site with Other CW Links

The Global Read Aloud Project wiki – with links for Charlotte’s Web projects in 2012, The One and Only Ivan from 2012, Flat Stanley from 2011, and The Little Prince from 2010






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