Sunday, September 29, 2013

If I Were Charlotte....

So we are reading the book Charlotte's Web. If you follow my blog at all, you know I'm a big proponent of reading to kiddos above their grade level. I read a chapter per day---I think it's wonderful for both vocabulary and comprehension development. And I love this book because often times when Charlotte uses a word, my students' hands go up to ask me what it means, and then Wilbur does the same thing. They really got a kick out of the fact that Wilbur had the same questions they did! They are really getting into this story...finally, because previously read-alouds were like pulling teeth. It has become my favorite part of the day again :).

I made cupcakes for them--not my best work, but luckily 6-year olds are not picky when it comes to treats! :)

Anyway, we were to the part where Charlotte revealed that yes, she did have a plan, however we didn't know yet what that plan was. I asked the kids to come up with a plan a spider could use to save a pig, so they wrote "If I were Charlotte, I'd save Wilbur by...."

I'm going to scare the man about putting a web on the tree.

then Wilbur will pretend to be dead (we did have a discussion on opossums the other day :)

...make a robot because I really want to see how it works out.

....asking an elephant to attack. (he did ask me if he could do a funny answer!) biting the man and making a trap for the man by biting him inside throw him in the trap.

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  1. I'm reading this to my first graders too! I think we are in the exact same spot. I'm totally going to ask them to do this thinking too. Thanks for the idea.

    First in Maine

    1. Really? Wow, great minds do think alike! :) You'll have to let me know how they like it!

  2. I love this book and I love these answers! I can not read the chapter where Charlotte dies aloud. I have to get one of my kiddos to do it!
    Chickadee Jubilee