Charlotte’s Web is a classic tale of friendship that develops in a fun barnyard setting. This free Charlotte’s Web unit study includes math, science, history, language, and even art!
I recommend reading the book together aloud as a family even if everyone in the family will not be completing the unit. Shared stories create shared family bonds!
As you read Charlotte’s Web, complete the activities listed for each chapter.
The vocabulary words listed are words found in the chapter that the student might not know. You can look up the definitions and create a vocabulary book.
Activities for Charlotte’s Web Unit Study:
Ch. 1 – Fern gets the pig because she is an early riser. Think of sayings that show this philosophy. (The early bird gets the worm.) Discuss the setting of the book. Find out what kind of care a newborn pig needs. Vocabulary: injustice, runt, nevertheless
Ch. 2 – find out why pigs like to roll in the mud. Complete swine breeds notebooking page. Vocabulary: enchanted, vanished
Ch. 3 – From the descriptions, draw a picture of the barn, complete with all of the animals. Learn about farming methods in history. Vocabulary: grindstones, scythes, pitchfork.
Ch. 4 – Wilbur is gloomy because all of his plans are ruined because of the rain. Make a list of things you can do on a rainy day. Choose one of the activities and write a story about how you helped someone overcome their gloom by doing that activity with them. Complete swine notebooking page. Vocabulary: spattered, gloomily, glutton
Ch. 5 – Learn about spiders: their anatomy, are they insects, how many varieties. Record your findings on this spider notebooking page. Vocabulary: clashers, appropriate, salutations
Ch. 6 – Baby geese are called goslings. What are other baby animals called? Do Baby Animals Worksheet. Vocabulary: cramped, gratified, conscience
Ch. 7 – What kind of meat comes from pigs? Where do other meats you like to eat come from? Vocabulary: anesthetic, conspiracy, butchered
Ch. 8 – For discussion: Do you think animals talk to each other? Think about the differences between Charlotte and Wilbur. Complete the Character Comparison worksheet. Vocabulary: faintest, rambled
Ch. 9 – Learn about spider’s webs and how they spin them. Do all spiders spin the same kind of web? Vocabulary: summoning, thud, sedentary
Ch. 10 – Make a blueberry pie. Vocabulary: gullible, affectionately, crisis
Ch. 11 – For discussion: Was it really a miracle? Look up the definition of a miracle. What do you think of as a miracle? Vocabulary: glistened, veil, exertions, bewilderment
Ch. 12 – What words would you suggest to Charlotte to write in her web? Use white chalk and draw your web on black construction paper. Vocabulary: slogan, acrobat, destiny
Ch. 13 – Look through newspaper or magazine ads to find words that would work for Charlotte’s web. Cut them out and make a collage of good words. Vocabulary: journeyed, wondrous, disgusted
Ch. 14 – For discussion: Why was Fern’s mother concerned? Vocabulary: fascinating, sociable
Ch. 15 – Find out about spider’s egg sacs. Vocabulary: reputation, modest, distinguish
Ch. 16 – For discussion: Why did Wilbur faint? Was Charlotte’s plan working? Vocabulary: announcement, trampled, veritable
Ch. 17 – The kids each got 70 cents. Would that buy a lot at a fair today? Discuss inflation. Use the daily change worksheet to practice “buying” some items. Vocabulary: enormous, ascended, listless
Ch. 18 – Learn about county fairs near you. Vocabulary: messenger, schemes, masterpiece
Ch. 19 – Learn about the life cycle of spiders. Vocabulary: occupied, languishing, hoarsely
Ch. 20 – Use the Charlotte’s Web notebooking page to draw a picture of a scene from the book and write a brief summary of the story so far. Vocabulary: extraordinary, phenomenon, complimentary
Ch. 21 – For discussion: What does it mean to be a friend? Was Wilbur a good friend? Was Charlotte? Templeton? Vocabulary: ceremony, tremendous, sentiments
Ch. 22 – Use the plot summary worksheet to identify the different parts of the book’s plot. Vocabulary: untold, constructed, trembling