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True Story Lesson Plan

Free Lesson Plans: The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

True Story Lesson Plan
3 Little PigsTitle: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Author: Jon Scieska
Illustrator: Lane Smith
Ages: 5-8 years
Description (from Amazon): “There has obviously been some kind of mistake,” writes Alexander T. Wolf from the pig penitentiary where he’s doing time for his alleged crimes of 10 years ago. Here is the “real” story of the three little pigs whose houses are huffed and puffed to smithereens… from the wolf’s perspective. This poor, much maligned wolf has gotten a bad rap. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, with a sneezy cold, innocently trying to borrow a cup of sugar to make his granny a cake. Is it his fault those ham dinners–rather, pigs–build such flimsy homes? Sheesh.

This 10th-anniversary edition of Jon Scieszka’s New York Times Best Book of the Year, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, includes a special, impassioned letter from prisoner A. Wolf himself and a snappy new jacket by Caldecott Honor artist Lane Smith, whose quirky perspectives still color the illustrations throughout. As with The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, the collaborators take a classic story and send it through the wisecracker machine, much to the glee of kids young and old. (Ages 4 to 8 or much, much older) –Emilie Coulter –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Overview:

You may think you know the story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, but this story will make you think otherwise.  As told by A. Wolf, this is a delight for all ages.

Discussion Points:

Ask your student the following questions:

    • Before reading the story, ask your student(s) if he or she remembers the story of the Three Little Pigs and have them tell it to you.
    • Have a discussion about point of view; talk about how the original story is written from the pigs’ point of view and this one is written from the wolf’s point of view.
    • After reading the story, compare what elements were the same and which were different.  (you can use this free printable venn diagram)
      • After comparing the elements of the two versions, ask your child(ren) what conclusions can they come to about which parts were true?
    • Can you remember a time where two different people had a different view of what happened?
    • In this story, the wolf eats a lot (and he’s baking a cake!).  Talk about what a wolf in the wild really eats (you can find out here).

Activities:

  • Learn more about writing point of view
  • Pretend you are a newspaper reporter and write your own story about the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf
  • In this story, A. Wolf was trying to make a cake for his grandmother.  Try this easy recipe and make your own cake.
  • Can you really build a house from straw?  Watch this video to find out!
  • Create your own version of the story and act it out with friends & family.  Watch the video below for ideas!

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Black History Month Learning Activities

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February is Black History Month, an opportunity to talk with children about race and civil rights, as well as the heritage, accomplishments, and culture of African Americans.

Join Little Passports’ Sam and Sofia as they explore these 3 ways to celebrate and learn!

1. Read a Book
Spark a conversation by reading children’s books that highlight our nation’s African American heroes and their achievements. Here are a few inspiring selections:

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., By Doreen Rappaport
An introduction to Dr. King’s life and message, this picture book pairs age-appropriate educational material with beautiful images.

The Story of Ruby Bridges, By Robert Coles
The inspiring story of a courageous 6-year old girl who helped shape US history by being the first African American child to go to an all-white school.

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, By Kadir Nelson
This gorgeously illustrated book tells the story of the African American baseball league and the challenges they overcame to pursue their passion.

2. Play a Game
Sam and Sofia learned to play Mancala, a counting game that originated in Africa and is now popular all over the world!
DIY Activity: It’s easy to make your own Mancala board! Simply get an empty egg carton with 12 small “pits,” trim off the sides, and decorate it with markers or paint. Get two containers (such as bowls) and place one at each end of the egg carton as the “banks,” where players collect their winnings. For the “stones,” you can use small items, such as marbles, beans, or even candy! For detailed rules on how to play, click here: How to Play Mancala

3. Take a Trip
Visit a landmark, attraction, or museum, celebrating black history. An interactive and engaging field trip is a great way to capture a child’s interest! Here are some ideas:
• Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial (Washington, D.C.)
• Booker T. Washington National Monument (Franklin County, Virginia)
• Tuskegee Airmen National Museum (Detroit, MI)
• Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience (Permanent exhibition at the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY)


For more hands-on activities celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., check out the Little Passports Pinterest board.

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