The perilous tale of three pig brothers who independently build homes, then pull together to overcome a common enemy, intrigues youngsters. Preschoolers get a taste of drama when studying the story of "The Three Little Pigs." Use elements from the familiar story to teach preschool concepts to your little learners.
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Involve the class in a dramatic retelling of the story. Designate three children to play the pigs and one to play the Big Bad Wolf. Use hats for costumes -- baseball caps for the pigs, a top hat or derby for the wolf. Divide the rest of the children into three groups. Tell each group that it will become one of the three houses in the drama. As you retell the story, children take their cues from you. When the little pig builds his home from sticks, the first group of children assemble themselves into a circle to make a house. When the wolf blows it down, the children carefully fall and the pig runs to the second house. Continue reading as the children act out the story. Choose a new set of actors, mix up the groups and act it out again.
Number Recognition Lesson
Cut 10 simple pig shapes from pink construction paper for each preschooler. Write numbers, 1 through 10, onto index cards. Place the cards face down in a basket. Give each child three 8-by-10-inch pieces of construction paper in the colours of red, yellow and brown. The red paper is the brick house, the yellow paper is the straw house, and the brown paper is the stick house. Draw a card from the basket, read the number and call a type of house. Ask the children to place the corresponding number of paper pigs onto the correct paper house.
Before preschool art time, cut geometric shapes from red, yellow and brown construction paper. Make sure each child will have enough shapes from which to choose to make a collage of the three houses from the story. Cut rectangles, triangles and squares. Pass each child a sheet of green 12-by-18-inch construction paper and a glue stick. Ask children to make a picture of the houses by gluing the shapes to the paper. Let the children construct the houses without much teacher input, to encourage creativity. Display the art on a classroom notice board.
Natural Science Lessons
Visit the library to borrow non-fiction children's books about pigs and wolves. Read the books to your youngsters. Place the books on a table so the children can look through them during classroom free time. Ask the librarian to recommend a preschool-appropriate DVD about a pig farm or the life of wolves. Show your class pictures of foods people eat that are made from pork. Sample a pork product. Buy a bag of pork rind snacks from the grocery store to taste in class.
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