A Spider a Pig and a Fantastic Farm

One of our school annual projects is working crosscurricular in our EFL/ ESL classes.
 So, these are some of the activities we did at school while reading Charlotte's Web

We ..
  • made predictions. The kids looked at the cover of the book and told what they think the story would be about.
  • went on a picture walk through the book.  We didn't read the text, just looked at each picture and told what they thought is happening in each picture.
  • cololored the cover of our folder. 
  • discussed about What could be heard on the farm? What products we got from cows/geese/sheep/hens/pigs?
  • learned that Ch is for Charlotte, W is for Wilber. Kids cut and pasted pictures from magazines and sorted them. Ch /W
  • used the vocabulary cards to review and practice vocabulary
  • wrote instructions to make butter and yogurt
  • used the necklace to recall the events of the story. 
  • sorted the words by beginning sounds, syllables, short or long words
  • role played activities linked to the story
  • interviewed characters from the story and talked about how  they felt at particular point
  • identified characters in the book
  • sorted, patterned and graphed animals found in the story
  • made puppets with craft sticks to sequence events
  • finished the sentence "What I like most about farms is........"
  • watched the movie
  • looked for information about farms
  • labelled pictures using the vocabulary learnt
  • answered the question "What's your favorite farm animal?" and graphed the results. 
  • drawed their ideal farm, then answered some questions such as "How many animals are there in your farm? ""What does your farm look like?"
  • used there is/there are to describe the farm
  • review some adjectives (character traits)
  • looked for information about spiders 
  • compared real and fictional spiders
  • learned animals chants
Animals chants

A Horse
A horse can trot. A horse can run.
A horseback ride is lots of fun!
Nanny goat, billy goat. What do you say?
"Maa, maa", Silly goats, Run away!
The Cow
The cow is big. The cow says "moo".
The cow makes milk for me and you.
Pigs can oink, pigs can snort.
Pigs are fat and kind of short.
Sheep are quiet. Sheep are cute.
Sheep give wool to make a suit.
Geese can honk. Geese can squawk.
Geese can fly or take a walk!
Old Rooster
Old Rooster woke up just so he could say,
"How do you cock-a-doodle do today?"

  • learned a new song

The animals on the farm
Tune of "The wheels on the bus"
The [cow] on the farm goes
[Moo, moo, moo,]
The cow on the farm goes
[Moo, moo moo,]
All through the day.
(Add more animals and sounds)

  • found out information about the Elwyn Brooks White

Elwyn Brooks White was born on July 11, 1899, in Mount Vernon, New York.
An affectionate, sometimes bashful pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. A prancing, playful bloke, Wilbur is devastated when he learns of the destiny that befalls all those of porcine persuasion. Determined to save her friend, Charlotte spins a web that reads "Some Pig," convincing the farmer and surrounding community that Wilbur is no ordinary animal and should be saved. In this story of friendship, hardship, and the passing on into time, E.B. White reminds us to open our eyes to the wonder and miracle often found in the simplest of things.

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