Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig Lesson Plan
- Grades: 3–5
About this book
I teach The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig during a genre study on folktales. It is designed to review the elements of a folktale and to give the students an opportunity to compare and contrast two versions of similar folktales. The students enjoyed reading many different versions of the same folktale.
Students will review the elements of a folktale, then compare and contrast two versions of similar folktales.
- The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas and Helen Oxenury
Set Up and Prepare
There are many different versions of The Three Little Pigs. I was able to locate multiple copies of each book, so it was easy for them to work in groups of 3. If you can not collect multiple copies of different versions you can just have the students compare The Three Little Pigs with The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. This version of The Three Little Pigs is much more violent than other versions so I remind my students that it is a made up story. I usually use different versions of the story during this lesson, so I choose the group that will read The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig.
The day before I read the book, I teach my students the elements of a folktale by reading the story The Three Little Javelinas (Or The Three Little Pigs). I create a chart that contains the elements of a folktale and after I read the story the students complete the chart.
Before the students read The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig and other similar folktales, I review with the students the elements of a folktale. Students are asked to give examples from yesterday's story for each element. Explain to the students that today they are going to read another folktale that is similar to The Three Little Javelinas. Ask students if they have already read folktales that are similar to The Three Little Javelinas. (Many will refer to The Three Little Pigs.)
The teacher should break the students up into groups of 2-3 children. Each group will receive a copy of The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig (You can also include other versions of The Three Little Pigs. See Related Resources for a list of other versions.) Students are instructed to pair read the book.
After reading the book the students will identify the elements of a folktale. Students will then use a venn diagram to compare and contrast The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig (or another version of The Three Little Pigs) to The Three Little Javelinas. When students are finished, discuss with them the similarities and differences between the stories. Students are then asked to answer the Critical Thinking Questions : 1. Why do you think there are so many different versions of this folktale? 2. Besides The Three Little Pigs, have you ever read two versions of the same story? What story was it? How were they similar and different?
In third grade we study different regions of the United States and the plants, animals, and people of each region. After reading many different versions of the Three Little Pigs, I have my students select a region of the United States and an animal found in that region and they create their own "Three Little __________" books.
The Three Little Pigs and the Fox by William H. Hooks & S.D. Schindler
The Three Little Pigs and The Magic Shark by Donivee Laird
The Three Cajun Pigs by Mike Artell and Jim Harris
Alaska's Three Pigs by Arleme Laverde and Mindy Dwyer