Kindergarten here we come!

Not by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin…

on March 6, 2012

We started the week off by reading three versions of the classic tale The 3 Little Pigs. First we read the version most people know The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall. This was followed by sorting the materials that the pigs used to make their homes; bricks, sticks, and straw. The next morning we read the second story The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas. My students thought this was a silly twist on the original, but I liked it because it became a great tool to incorporate a little character education.

Spoiler Alert :-):

At the end of this story the pig smells the wolves house of flowers and the scent is so lovely it changes his mood. He realizes he hasn’t been a very nice pig and decides to be friends with the wolves. They all “live happily ever after” and play very nicely together. I took this as an opportunity to remind my friends that if we are grumpy, or need some time alone, it is okay! Sometimes you need a minute or two to think about the choices you have made and come back to the group when you are ready.

The last book was The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs by A.Wolf as told to Jon Scieszka. This one was a little tricky. A lot of the kids couldn’t get past that it was “written by a wolf”, so this led to a long discussion about reality and fantasy! I decided to let this one soak in for a day and read it again the next day. After all three books were read we created a Venn diagram, comparing and contrasting all three books.


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