Spider Study Launch With Charlotte's Web

I never realized how busy of a month October is till this year.  I made a list of everything I need to teach and it is a bit overwhelming!  I didn't even get to Columbus Day, which I moved to next week.

Each month we read a chapter book and this month we are reading Charlotte's Web.  The kids LOVE this book and it gives me a perfect way to bring spiders into the curriculum. 

I HATE spiders, but I love teaching about them :)

We began with a couple of chapters from Charlotte's Web.  I can't say enough good things about this book.  I first heard it in third grade.  I loved the story, but I didn't appreciate how beautifully written it was until I read it as an adult.  I am pretty sure it is one of the best written books of all time.

Have you ever seen the read along edition from Barnes and Noble?  It is a large text that is perfect for the classroom.  My kids could never see the illustrations with the little one.  I spotted this book at a used bookstore last year and picked it up even though I already had a couple of copies of the book.  I brought it out on Monday and the kids went nuts for it!  My classes have have always enjoyed this book, but this class was so mesmerized by the size of it. They are more into this story than any other class I've had.  

Here is a picture of this book.  It's about 12 inches tall and 8 inches wide.  Pick it up if you get a chance, you will not regret it.

We had not met Charlotte yet, but I wanted them to know a little bit about spiders before we met her so we started with a schema chart.

The next day we read another chapter and studied the different parts of a spider.

On Friday we met Charlotte and she explained her diet.  Perfect timing for some more spider facts!

This paper is from a set from Lakeshore. I use this set all the time! It is amazing!  We learn about something and it has comprehension questions at the bottom. 

Finally, we wrote about our new learning in our science journals. 

Next week we are continuing our spider study and we are also going to learn about Christopher Columbus!  I created a mini-unit for Columbus Day and I am going to keep it on sale for a few more days.  It's on sale for $1.60, if you are interested please click HERE.

I am linking up with Teaching Maddeness for Friday Flashback.


  1. Thanks for linking up! I love, love, love your Charlotte's web study and that big book is AWESOME! We always make fact/opinion spiders and they are adorable!

    Teaching Maddeness

  2. Just found your blog. We love Charlotte's Web. Last year, we made an ABC book and they turned out so cute!

    Chickadee Jubilee


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