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Do you like Gloria’s idea? Because of Winn-Dixie(TM)

Gloria has a tree that helps her be a better person. What is her idea? Do you think it is a good idea?

Project: Write 1 paragraph that describes whether or not you like Gloria’s tree. Be sure to explain how the tree helps her!

Use three facts from the story to show you explained her tree well.

Reread your paragraph to make sure it is easy to read and has no mistakes.

If you want to share your paragraph, you can upload it here.

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Challenge: You can make your own tree! You will need to paint or wrap bottles to put on your tree. In each bottle, you can use paper and Gloria’s idea to become a better person!

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Describing Opal’s Mother

Opal is memorizing facts so that she can recognize her mother. You can help by writing a paragraph that describes Opal’s Mother.

Project: Write 1 paragraph Opal can use to recognize her mother.

You paragraph should include at least 5 facts from the book.

After you write your paragraph, re-read it and edit it. Make it easy to read!

If you want to share your paragraph, you can upload it here.

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Origin Story: Because of Winn-Dixie(TM)

There is some information about what happened to Winn-Dixie before the story begins. But, a lot is not known!

Project: Write a story that explains where Winn-Dixie came from before the book.

You may see “origin” stories in superhero movies. “Origin” means the start or beginning. So, “origin stories” explain where a character comes from.

First, write down two sentences from Because of Winn-Dixie(TM) that show information about Winn-Dixie’s beginning.

Then, think of a story that matches these facts.

Next, write your story that explains the origin of Winn-Dixie. If you want, you can draw pictures for your story.

Finally, read your story and fix any spelling or punctuation mistakes.

If you want, you can share your story, by uploading it here.

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Problems and Solutions in Because of Winn Dixie(TM)

Many books start with a problem. Then, the story explains how the problem is solved.

What is a problem in Because of Winn Dixie(TM)?

Write down three sentences from the story that shows it is a problem.

Then, write a paragraph that describes the problem using your three sentences.

Next, use the same process to describe the solution to this problem:

  1. Write the solution to the problem.
  2. Write down three sentences from the story that show this solution.
  3. Write a paragraph that describes the solution to the problem.

You can share your 2 paragraphs, by uploading them here.

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Thinking about the whole book: Characters in Charlotte’s Web

“Characters” means the people or animals in a story. Characters sometimes change because of things that happen in a book. Other characters may stay exactly the same throughout the book.

Use this organizer. Write 3 words or facts that describe each character in the beginning, middle, and end. Put a rectangle around each word or fact, then draw a line to the circle.

Next, find a sentence in the story that shows why your word is a good word. Write each sentence on your organizer and draw a line to the correct rectangle. The graphic organizer shows a fact and quote for Charlotte in the beginning.

Write a paragraph that describes whether the relationship between Wilbur and Charlotte change in the book. Use at least 3 facts to help prove your point.

If you want to share your paragraph or your graphic organizer, you can upload it here.

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What is the lesson of Charlotte’s Web?

You have finished reading Charlotte’s Web. What did you learn? Write down what you think is the lesson for this book.

Then, write three events or characters that taught you this lesson. (Events are things that happen. Characters are people or animals in a story.)

This organizer may help you:

Project: Write one paragraph that explains the lesson of Charlotte’s Web. Explain how three things taught you this lesson.

If you want to share your paragraph, you can upload it here.

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What are spider webs?

“When the words appeared, everyone said they were a miracle. But nobody pointed out that the web itself is a miracle.”

Dr. Dorian in Charlotte’s Web

You may be reading this story and wondering, what is a spider web? Here is some information for you:

Spider webs have sticky silk and silk that is not sticky. Spiders do not walk on the sticky silk. Spider legs have small claws that grab on to the threads. Spiders that make webs have three claws on each foot! These claws let spiders move quickly around their web.

Spider silk is made from protein. You eat protein in meat and beans. And, you drink protein in milk. Spiders use a special type of protein to make their webs. Spider silk is 5 times stronger than steel! That is why it takes a lot of energy to make a web.

“Everyday Mysteries: Spider Webs”. Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/spiderweb.html
“What is spider silk made of?” How Stuff Works. https://animals.howstuffworks.com/arachnids/question87.htm

(If you want to learn more, you can click on these links.)

Write a paragraph that describes how Charlotte made her spider webs. Use 2 quotes from the book to show some of the science described above.

Read your paragraph and make changes so it is easier to read. Also fix any words that are not spelled correctly.

If you want to share your paragraph, you can upload it here.

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What could be the Bad News?

The next chapter is called “Bad News”. What do you think could be bad news?

When you think about what happens next, it is called a prediction. Predictions help you think more about the story. When you predict what will happen next, you should use facts you just read. These facts are evidence for your prediction.

Project: Write a story that predicts what bad news will happen next. In your story, draw a picture that shows what is happening in the story.

After you finish writing your story, read it again and fix any mistakes. When your writing is easy to read, people will enjoy it more.

If you want to share your story, you can upload it here.

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Is Wilbur a Good Friend?

Wilbur had some trouble making friends. Find one character that did not want to play with Wilbur. What was their reason for not playing with Wilbur?

Project: Convince this character to play with Wilbur. Use three facts about Wilbur to show he is a good friend.

This graphic organizer may be useful for this project.

After you answer these questions, you have the facts to write a good paragraph.

Write 1 paragraph that explains why Wilbur is a good friend for your animal.

Reread your paragraph to make sure it is easy to read and has no mistakes.

If you want to share your work, you can upload it here.

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Everyone gets a Prize in Charlotte’s Web

Wilbur gets all the prizes! But, we love the other characters too. (Characters are people and animals in stories.)

Project: Create an award for another character in Charlotte’s Web(TM).

Then, find a sentence in the book that shows why your character won this award. Write this sentence on a piece of paper. Take a picture of your quote and award.

Challenge: Characters do many things in the same book. Create another award for the same character. Write down the quote that shows why this award is also good.

If you want to share your awards, you can upload the pictures here.

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