If You Give a Pig a Pancake Extension Activity
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
About this book
Make Your Own "If You Give..." Book!
In If You Give a Pig a Pancake, author Laura Numeroff tells a whimsical story of what happens when a girl shares her breakfast with a pig. In this fun bulletin board activity, students design their own "If You Give A..." book covers.
crayons or markers
construction paper of various colors
1. Read If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff to your class. Point out that pig and pancake begin with the same letter and sound
2. After reading the story, discuss Laura Numeroff's similar book title If You Give a Moose a Muffin. Encourage students to identify what is similar about these two titles (that the animal and food begin with the same letter).
3. Invite students to come up with their own book titles that include an animal and a food that begin with the same letter and sound. To avoid repetition, assign each child a different letter of the alphabet. Put Laura Numeroff's other "What If..." books on display as motivation for the class to come up with their own book titles.
4. Distribute colored construction paper to your students.
5. Help students print their story titles onto their book covers. Explain to the class that they are the author and illustrator of their book covers. Using Laura's other books as samples, show them where to write their names.
6. Using crayons or markers, have students draw a picture on their book covers. Show the cover of Laura Numeroff's other books as examples. Encourage them to include the animal and the food.
7. Arrange and staple the book covers in alphabetical order by title onto the bulletin board.
8. Add the title "If You Give . . ." to the display.