Free Downloadable Classroom Activity for Stuart Little by E. B. White
by Alana Pedalino and Hisami Aoki
When your students give this describe-and-sketch classroom activity a try, they will be joining a storied tradition!
Ever since E. B. White’s Stuart Little was published in 1945, teachers across the country have been encouraging their students to resolve the story’s open ending by writing a new final chapter. Encourage your students to imagine “What happens next?” and give Stuart Little an alternate ending with this free downloadable worksheet.
Get students inspired with this example. After a teacher taught the novel in class, a fifth grader from Glencoe, Illinois, revised the ending of Stuart Little in 1946:
After talking to the repairman, Stuart took the road heading north. “Chug-chug” went his car. “Five drops running out,” thought Stuart. “I’ll stop at that filling station just ahead.” So he drove in.
“What do you want?” said the man.
“Five and one-half drops,” said Stuart. “The last five drops I got didn’t take me as far as I wanted to go.” Just then Stuart saw a bird hop out of the filling station.
“This is Margalo,” said the man.
“You must know each other,” said the man.
“I’ll make you a deal,” said Stuart. “I’ll give you a whole ten dollars if you’ll let me have your bird.”
“It’s a deal,” said the man.
“Hop in, Margalo,” said Stuart and away they went. They were married back in New York and raised a family of half mice and half birds.
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