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    Charlotte's Web
    By Denise

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    Hi Renee,
    I taught first grade for 7 years and we did a Charlotte's Web unit every year. I don't know what grade you teach, but here are some suggestions:

    1) Make giant spiders - the body is a circle about the size of the bottom of a coffee can and the legs are long strips that are accordian folded. Add google eyes.
    2) Make marble webs - put a piece of white paper in the lid of a xerox paper box. Add a few drops of white paint. Put a marble in the box and let students roll the marble around by rotating the box. You end up with what looks like a web. Then you can add a small spider.
    3) How the pig got a curly tail writing - ask students to write, answering the question. Then, I would have them recopy it on what looked like the backside of a pig. We'd add a pipecleaner and the kids would twist it around their pencil. I always displayed these at open house and they were very cute.
    4)Pigtionary - make a dictionary with "pig" words. We made this in a pig-shaped booklet. We came up with the words as a group and then the kids illustrated in their books - ex: pigtunias (for the flower petunias - we'd draw flowers with pig heads), pigtatochips, etc.
    5)Friendship writing - anything to do with friendship can be tied in to this story

    Hope this helps. If you are trying to come up with a unit, let me know - I have other ideas!

    5th grade teacher

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