One of my favorite quotes comes from E.B. White, best known for authoring stories like Charlotte's Web: "Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder." As a teacher, I am in awe every day with the way my students think, wonder, and respond to situations that arise in their daily lives.
Our school is culturally diverse, and our classroom is filled with differences; yet we have one thing in common, we are a close family.
We value these differences and see the opportunity to learn from all of our backgrounds and experiences. As in the story of Charlotte's Web, we have made friendships that are true and real. "You have been my friend," replied Charlotte. "That in itself is a tremendous thing." Just as a spider and pig can become friends, we have formed friendships that inspire those around us.
E.B. White's Newbery Award winning children's novel, is a story that I love to share with my 2nd graders towards the end of their year, as we are learning about life cycles, plants, and animals in Science. I enjoy reading this novel aloud to my kids with all of the vivid vocabulary, but I am also thrilled to use the Audio version, as it is narrated by E.B. White himself. Following along in a book, as someone reads is always fun. It is an excellent piece of Literature and often challenges my kids as readers. The stuffed pig and spider, I will use as our class Wilbur and Charlotte. In our Reading Room area, I have stuffed animals from other books that my students like to read. The kids will be so happy when they see Wilbur and Charlotte, and I will love moving them from desk to desk each day, so every student can enjoy how cute they are. During my Charlotte's Web Literature Unit we will do a lot of writing and art. I can't wait to create an art activity to go along with farm cutouts.
Having a class set of books will be new for my students.
Most of the time I read from one book, or use a few copies of a story with a small group. Reading this classic story together will create wonderfully rich discussions and collaboration. Plus, there is just something about actually holding your own book in your hand. This story has many wonderful life lessons; love, loss, but most importantly friendship and wonder. I want my students to "Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder."
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