Charlotte's Web: A Discussion Guide for Kids & Parents
Hover over each Learning Benefit below for a detailed explanation.
Use these questions to start a discussion with your child about Charlotte's Web by E. B. White, a classic favorite for grades 3–5. Read the book yourself too, so you can better discuss the story and enjoy the online activities together.
- If you were Charlotte, what would you have written in your web about Wilbur?
- Why did Charlotte like Wilbur so much?
- Is Templeton the rat a hero or a villain in the story? Why?
- Do you think Charlotte's three daughters will write words in their webs too, like their mother did? What will they write?
- Have you ever had a really close friendship with an animal?
- What makes someone a good friend?
- Do you eat meat? If so, do you ever think about the animals it came from? What do you think about vegetarianism? Do you think Fern is a vegetarian?
- In the beginning of Charlotte's Web, Fern saves Wilbur from death. Would you have saved Wilbur too? Tell about a time when you stood up for someone smaller or weaker than yourself.
- When everybody is at the county fair, Fern leaves Wilbur alone in his pen while she explores the sights (and food and rides). Why did she do this?
- Are you planning to watch the movie, Charlotte's Web? What part of the book are you most looking forward to seeing?