Charlotte's Web: Chapters 1-3

Contributor: Melissa LaRusso. Lesson ID: 11536

What makes a good friend a good friend? Would a pig be a fun friend for you? Read about some unusual friendships in this fun, classic animal tale, and make a notebook to keep track of what you learn!


Literary Studies

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Take a minute to think about a friend you have.

On a piece of paper, write down the answers to these questions:

  1. What is your friend's name?
  2. How long have you been friends?
  3. How did you meet?
  4. What do you enjoy doing together?
  5. What makes this person a good friend?

Friendship plays an important role in our lives.

Did you have an easy time answering the questions? Discuss your answers with your parent or teacher.

In this lesson series, Charlotte's Web, you will explore the friendship of two unlikely characters.

To prepare your materials for this lesson series, you will need a notebook and a copy of Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. Take a minute to organize your notebook so you can easily access your information throughout the series. The first page of your notebook should be blank. On this page, you will create a Table of Contents. Use the chart below to help you set up your page:

Table of Contents

Date Title Page
  Friendship 2
  What Do I Know?



  Charlotte's Web Vocabulary 1-3





You will add more information to this page throughout the series. Now, add the title to each page in your notebook and add the page number on the bottom right corner of your page. Glue or staple your answers from the opening section onto the second page entitled "Friendship."

Charlotte's Web is considered a classic piece of literature. You may be surprised that you already know something about the book or its characters. What do you know about Charlotte's Web? Have you read this book before, or maybe seen the movie? If you do not think you know anything about the book, read the title and look at the picture on the cover. Make a prediction about what you think you will read about.

Turn to the third page of your notebook and take three minutes to write down everything you already know about this book. You do not need to write in complete sentences or on the lines. Don't worry about your spelling, but do try to be as neat as possible. Try to fill the page with your thoughts. You can include drawings, too. After three minutes, review what you wrote with your parent or teacher.

Before you begin reading Charlotte's Web by E. B. White, print the Charlotte's Web Vocabulary 1-3 worksheet located in Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.

Follow the directions on the page and assemble and glue the page into your Charlotte's Web notebook on Page 4. Use a dictionary or an online dictionary like to look up the meaning of each word. Write the definition under the flap that matches each word. Understanding the meaning of unfamiliar words will help you better understand the story as you read.

Move on to the next section to begin reading the first three chapters of Charlotte's Web.

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