The Three Little Pigs {Activities for Teaching Folktales}

I'm linking up with Mrs. Stanford's Class for her new weekly linky party. I'm a little late to the party, but I'm partying none the less ;-)

We are smack dab in the middle of a unit on Folktales. This week we learned about fables. To accomplish this we read The Three Little Pigs and some parodies of the story.

We began the week by reading a traditional version of The Three Little Pigs.Then we used this anchor chart to help us identify the elements of a fable and find each element in the book. 

The next day we read the book again. Then I gave each student a strip of paper on which I had written an element of a fable. During turn and talk each partner discussed what he/she remembered about the element written on the paper and what part of the text represented that element. (SIDE NOTE: We call turn and talk "Peanut Butter - Jelly Time". One student is "peanut butter" and the other is "jelly". I say, "peanut butter" and the class calls back "jelly time!" and then partners turn to face each other. Peanut butter (partner 1) can add to what Jelly (partner 2) knows and vice versa.) Then, the partners decided which element (either partner 1's element OR partner 2s element) they were more of an expert on. Peanut Butter wrote their expertise on a sticky note and Jelly stuck the note on this chart: 

We reviewed the info to check our understanding. The chart allowed me and the kiddos to see what we knew and what we didn't really "get" yet. The class as a whole was having a difficult time identifying the lesson in the story. Animals act like humans is really just empty because I forgot to write that element on any of the strips. Teacher fail. 

Since our ultimate goal is to make inferences about and compare two fables, on Wednesday we read The Three Ninja Pigs. This book is sooooo cute! Again we found and discussed the elements of a fable in the book. We had a much easier time figuring out the lesson this story was trying to teach us!

Thursday we learned what a Venn Diagram is. Then we made a human Venn Diagram using two hula hoops. I gave each peanut butter and jelly team a sticky note that had a fable element or plot point written on it. Some of the things I wrote on the sticky notes were, "The Wolf ate Pig 1 and Pig 2.", "The Pigs went to ninja school.", and "The Pigs and the Wolf act like humans." The partners discussed where the information should be found on the Venn Diagram and them stood in the hoop(s) to show where the information should go. 

When we finished that activity we used two paper plates stapled together to create Venn Diagrams that we could write on.

Finally, today we read The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf

Then we completed this cut and paste venn diagram that I created last night. 

My firsties really got the concept of a venn diagram right away. 

Next week is Tall Tales week! We will be reading about Paul Bunyan.

1 comment:

  1. Love the human venn diagram. Even though I can't see their faces it looks like they're having a great time learning :)