Charlotte's Web
Age 7-9: Concept 3 - Cycles: Unit 2

Appreciate the bond of friendship between a humble pig and an ingenious spider. Journey through the seasons on a farm and discover the life cycles of different farm animals.

This unit can be used independently but is designed to be used in conjunction with the science and social studies unit The Water Cycle.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books on a 3rd or early 4th grade reading level
  • Can answer comprehension questions about a chapter in a journal
  • Able to write three or four sentences on a topic
  • Usually used by children in third grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Getting Started (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Charlotte
  • Lesson 3: Bad News
  • Lesson 4: Some Pig
  • Lesson 5: Progress
  • Lesson 6: The Fair (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: The End (2 Days)
  • Final Project: Charlotte's Web (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Attend to spelling, mechanics, and format for final products in one's own writing. (Language Arts)
  • Combine simple sentences and use conjunctions in writing. (Language Arts)
  • Compose first drafts using an appropriate writing process: planning and drafting, rereading for meaning, revising to clarify and refining writing with guided discussion. (Language Arts)
  • Describe plot, major events, and characters in own words. (Language Arts)
  • Discuss similarities and differences in events, characters, and concepts within and across texts. (Language Arts)
  • Discuss the effective use of adverbs. (Language Arts)
  • Explain characters and author's message in own words. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and use adjectives in writing. (Language Arts)
  • Interpret information from diagrams, charts, and maps. (Language Arts)
  • Plan and make judgments about what to include in written products. (Language Arts)
  • Recall the main idea, facts, and details from a text. (Language Arts)
  • Review proper punctuation included in addresses. (Language Arts)
  • Use capitalization, punctuation, and paragraphs in own writing. (Language Arts)
  • Use editing to check and confirm correct use of conventions. (Language Arts)
  • Use expanded vocabulary to generate synonyms for commonly over-used words to increase clarity of written and oral communication. (Language Arts)
  • Use new vocabulary words in speech and writing. (Language Arts)
  • Use personal experiences and knowledge to interpret written and oral messages. (Language Arts)
  • Use technology to enhance the presentation of information to an audience for a specific purpose. (Language Arts)
  • Use text for a variety of functions, including literary, informational, and practical. (Language Arts)
  • Write narratives about personal experiences. (Language Arts)
  • Write structured, informative presentations and narratives when given help with organization. (Language Arts)
  • Describe season and weather cycles. (Science)
  • Describe the life cycle of animals in nature. (Science)
  • Describe the life cycle of living things. (Science)
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