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A Teacher’s Guide for Grades 3-4:

Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web tells the story of Wilbur the pig, highlighting his extraordinary friendship with Charlotte the spider, and tracing her plan to save Wilbur from serving as the main course of an upcoming Christmas feast. We chose this novel for its powerful attention to some rich social and emotional themes: friendship,empathy, fear, loss, and perseverance.  Students will find themselves relating to and being inspired by Wilbur’s journey from fear to friendship; this curriculum will help students build connections between Wilbur’s experiences and their own.


Learn the story of the extraordinary (and unlikely) friendship of Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider, as they strategically save Wilbur from becoming the main course for Christmas dinner.

Eight year-old farm girl, Fern, saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of the litter by taking him in as her pet. Eventually, she must sell Wilbur to her uncle, Mr. Zuckerman, who owns a nearby animal farm.

At his new farm, Wilbur meets Charlotte, a grey spider who befriends him. Charlotte vows to save Wilbur from being killed, by weaving words about him into her web. Everyone thinks the webs are miracles! After going to a state fair and receiving a special prize, Wilbur is proud and finally feels loved and safe. Charlotte dies shortly after laying her eggs, and Wilbur cares for the eggs so that he will always have a part of Charlotte in his life.

Author:  E.B. White

Our Reading with Relevance teacher’s guide breaks the novel into a series of thoughtful lesson plans. Each lesson is designed to support you to meaningfully explore the social and emotional themes of the day’s reading with your students, inspiring them to read deeply, think critically, talk openly, and write reflectively about topics that matter.

This teacher’s guide includes:

  • A facilitator’s guide with tips and resources for implementing the curriculum.
  • A map of Common Core Standards addressed through this program.
  • Fourteen individual lesson plans, including vocabulary, discussion questions, journal prompts, extension activities, and all handouts.
  • Two assessments to monitor student progress.
  • Regular checkpoints to help teachers assess their students’ progress on ELA standards.
  • A culminating essay-building unit.
  • An appendix with additional teaching resources and activities to continue exploring this novel.

Pages: 88
Dimensions: 8.5” x 11”



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