by E.B. White
read aloud kindergarten, readability grade 4
This classic has captured the hearts of many readers of all ages because it is humorous, lively, suspenseful, and tender. Who knew that saving a pig’s life would be so tremendous an ordeal that would take the energies of Wilbur’s many friends: Fern, Templeton the rat, a goose, a gander, and most of all Charlotte the spider? The themes dealt with are universal, and enlightening to anyone.
What you need:
- 5 lbs. of flour (for 20 so )
- big pail for papier mache mixture
- black and white tempera paint and brushes
- black pipe cleaners for legs
What to do:
- Tear newspaper into one inch strips.
- Have each student inflate a balloon.
- Cover desks with newspaper.
- Distribute strips of paper.
- Mix flour and water to a paste consistency and put in pans (you may want to do this in advance), and distribute.
- Dip strips of paper in pans and wrap around balloon after two layers stop and let dry over night.
- When dry tape on pipe cleaners and bend so they look like legs.
- Then wrap two more layers of papier mache and let dry overnight.
- Pop and remove balloon.
- Paint in white eyes.