Old Favorites: Reread charts/poems from previous stories
Prior Knowledge: Present students with some real straw, a few sticks, and a real brick. Let students touch each material and discuss its texture, weight, sturdiness, etc. Ask students to think of a story that they have probably heard that includes all three types of materials. Encourage students to tell you what they already know about the story. Some students may say different things regarding what happens to the wolf at the end, etc. Explain to students that The Three Little Pigs has many different versions and each story is written a little differently.
New Story: Introduce title, author and illustrator; Show the cover and talk about what the pigs are holding and where they appear to be; Read aloud for enjoyment and to see if this version of The Three Little Pigs is like the one the students remember.
Story: Review the story, having students work together to sequence pictures from the story to show what happened first, second, third, next, etc.; Introduce the retelling chart (below) showing the repetitive words that the pigs and the wolf used in the story;
Reread the story- Shared Reading (letting students join in on the repetitive wording, pointing to the retelling chart); Generate a discussion regarding the characters, the problem, and the solution in this story by asking questions, such as the following...
Companion Story: Tell students that you have another story about pigs to share with them; Introduce title, author, and illustrator; Picture Walk discussing each picture so students understand that this book is about the daily antics of little piglets. This is a highly predictable book and the pictures closely match the text. Getting students to use the exact words when describing should be easy (number of pigs, preposition, object).; Read the story together.
Story: Reread-Shared Reading (letting students join in on the repetitive wording, pointing to the retelling chart.)
Companion Story: Reread Pigs (echo reading); Reread the story, asking students to go on a rhyme hunt by listening for rhyming words; See if students can orally generate additional words that rhyme with each rhyming pair from the story.
Story/Companion: Discuss aspects of both The Three Little Pigs and Pigs that could be real and those that are fictional.
Introduce some facts about pigs (body parts, piglets, characteristics, sounds, eating habits, where they live, how they are used to help people) by reading selected portions from a book such as Pigs by Gail Gibbons.
Have students state/review some of the facts that they learned about real pigs.
Companion Rhyme: Introduce the companion nursery rhyme 'To Market, To Market' (discussing the term 'market'); Read aloud; Reread (echo read).
Story: Encourage students to orally retell the story of The Three Little Pigs, stressing the concept of first, second, etc.; Have students act out the story. You will need three pigs, one mother pig, one wolf, three peddlers, and one person to point to the retelling chart sentences containing the repetitive words.
Companion Story: Reread- Shared Reading (with half of the class reading the even pages/first half of the sentence and the other half of the class reading the odd pages/last half of the sentence and thus completing the rhyme); Choose students to find and mask certain letters ('p', 't', 'f', 'd', 's', 'g', and 'n') or to find small sight words (in, a, at, the, on).
Companion Story: Reread Pigs (choral reading).
Companion Rhyme: For enjoyment, read the book version of the companion rhyme To Market, To Market by Anne Miranda; Reread companion nursery rhyme 'To Market, To Market' (pausing for the rhyming words 'jig' and 'jog'); Explain to students that you have pictures that rhyme with either 'pig and jig' or 'hog and jog'. Have students sort the word family '-ig' and '-og' picture cards; Present students with the Take Home poem booklet – Read aloud together with students tracking the print. (This take home booklet is found in 25 Mother Goose Peek-A-Boo Books by Helen Moore, Scholastic: 1993.)
Story: Have a second set of students act out the story (similar to yesterday).
Related Read Aloud Stories/Poems
Focus Story: The Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone
1) Create the TLC To Market, To Market artwork (from More Nursery Rhymes)
4) Experiment with straw paint blowing
1) Focus on ordinal positions (first, second, third, etc.)
1) Listen to the story at the listening center and use flannel characters to retell
1) Perform blowing/air experiments
Music/Movement: Sing/act out Ten Pink Piglets or manipulate the pigs on the poem chart (below)
1) Learn about various types of homes/shelters
Pigs Mini-Unit- a kindergarten unit from Calico Cookie