Subject Area: Language Arts
Repetitive easy-to-read text is perfect for emergent readers as they enjoy this engaging story about Iggy Pig and friends' snowball adventure.
Children will identify high-frequency words, rhyming words, and first letter sounds while engaging in choral reading and small-group reading activities.
Show the students the book Iggy Pig's Snowball Fight. Have they ever had a snowball fight with their friends? Where were they? Why was it fun? Reinforce that although snowball fights can be fun, the children should be careful so they do not hurt themselves or each other. What other activities do they like to do in the snow?
Sing-Along With Iggy
- Sentence strip paper
- Pocket chart
- Plastic zip-lock bag
- Write each line of the following text on separate sheets of sentence strip paper and place them in a pocket chart:
"Paw prints, paw prints
running through the snow!
This way! That way!
Follow where they go!"
- Read Iggy Pig's Snowball Fight! to the children several times so they will become familiar with the story concept and text. Show the children the story text in the pocket chart. Invite them to read it with you. Why did Iggy sing this song throughout the story? Now ask them to sing it together, clapping out the rhythm.
- Now tell the class that you will reread the story and they will join in to sing the song.
- After rereading the book, give a small group of children the sentence strips and ask them to find the phrases in the book. Mix the sentences up so they will have to place them in the correct order.
- Once the children have had an opportunity to match the phrases, now cut the words apart. Invite them to find the song in the book and rearrange the words to match the sentence structure in Iggy's song.
Iggy's Word Lotto
- Sentence strip paper or small sheets of paper
In advance: Write the following words on individual pieces of paper: Iggy Pig, snow, snowball, there, away, said, Dusty Dog, look, play, Lucky Lamb, Tabby Cat, Chicky Chick.
- Invite four to five children to play this small-group literacy activity. Place the words on the middle of the table. Read the words with the children. Ask them if they can identify the first letter sound in each word.
- Give each child several words. Read each page with the children. Show the pages as you read and encourage them to read words that they recognize. Then ask them to find words that they have in their word group that appear on the page. Continue until they have completed the story.
- Place the words in a plastic bag and keep it with the book. Include the additional words from the first activity. Invite children to continue to use the words and book alone or with a friend.
Iggy's Rhyming Words
- Chart paper
In advance: Write the following words on chart paper: pig, dog, cat, chick, look, play, snow, and there. Leave space beside each word to create a list of rhyming words.
- Ask the children to read the words written on the chart paper. Tell them that they will think of words that rhyme with each word.
- Say the word aloud. How many words can they think of that rhyme with the word? Invite the children to write the words on the chart paper.
- Which word has the most rhyming words?
Other Easy-to-Read Pig Stories
If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff
Like his demanding counterparts moose and mouse, this bossy little pig has a list of requests that will keep readers amused and engaged.
Olivia by Ian Falconer
The irresistible Olivia will amuse young and old alike with her high-energy antics and active imagination.
I Like Me! by Nancy L. Carlson
A wonderful read-aloud that celebrates positive self-esteem with a message of "Love Thy Self."
Other Books by Vivian French
- Oliver's Vegetables
- Mr. Hippo's Pizza Parlor
- Tiger and the Temper Tantrum
Teaching Plan written by Risa Young