The story of the Three Little Pigs is an age-old classic. It's a fun story to read with children, and if you're a kindergarten teacher, the theme of the story can easily be related to the different content areas, making the story an educational experience in a variety of ways.
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Being able to sequence the events in a story is an important part of reading comprehension. Promote comprehension development by presenting your students with a Three Little Pigs story sequencing activity. Print out images from different parts of the book -- each of the meetings between the Wolf and the Pigs, for example. Underneath each image, write the text from the book that describes the event in the picture. Jumble up the pictures and have children put them in the order that they occurred.
The wind is a theme in the story, as the wolf blows down the houses. For a science activity, explore the wind. Have children share why they think the wolf was able to blow down the houses made of straw and sticks, but not the one made of bricks. Set up a fan and hold a piece of straw, a stick and a toy block in front of the fan to see which ones blow in the wind. Have them investigate further by presenting them with other light and heavy objects. Ask them to predict which items will blow in the wind and which won't, and allow them to test their predictions.
Create a sorting math activity based on the story. Print out or draw images of pigs in different colours and sizes. Instruct students to sort the pigs based on their colour and size. Have them make patterns using the different colours and sizes of the pigs -- for example, green pig, red pig, green pig, red pig; or small pig, small pig, big pig, big pig.
Wolf and Pig Masks
For an art activity, have children create wolf and pig masks. Provide children with paper plates, crayons, construction paper and glue. Cut eye holes in the paper plates and instruct students to use the craft materials to create masks of the characters -- prompt them to use their imaginations to make their masks. When they are completed, punch holes in either side of the plates. String a length of yarn through each hole -- tie a knot at the end of each piece of yarn to ensure they don't fall through the holes. Children can use the yarn to tie the masks on their faces and use them for dramatic play.
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