Sunday, February 2, 2014

Little Pig, Little Pig, Let Me In...

Little pig, little pig, let me in...

We had so much fun this week reading three different versions of, "The Three Little Pigs", and comparing and contrasting the characters, settings, and stories. First we read the classic tale of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf as told by James Orchard Halliwell-Philipps. Then we *spiced* things up with, "The Three Little Cajun Pigs" by Mike Artell. The children absolutely LOVED this book! It is written in Cajun dialect, set in the bayou, and featured Ol' Claude as the big bad gator.

Finally, we finished up the week with, "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" by Jon Scieszka. This interesting tale is told through the point of view of the wolf... and the way he tells it, this was all just a misunderstanding. This was another fun story that had the children laughing and questioning whether or not the big bad wolf was ever big and bad at all.

After enjoying our three tales of the three little pigs, the children came up with their own versions of the three little ? ? ? and the big bad ? ? ? . They got to pick their own characters and settings, and I didn't even have to ask them to write at least one page in their journal... they wrote at least two pages on their own! I was so proud of all of the creative writing and hard work the students put into this writing activity. Some of the students wanted to share their stories with the class Friday, and here are some of the tales we got to enjoy...

"The Three Bison and the Big Bad Coyote"
"The Three Iguanas and the Big Bad Bird"
"The Three Cats and the Big Bad Dog"
"The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark"
"The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Snake"

They made homes of dirt, cacti, logs, rocks, seaweed, and shells. Each story shared was an amazing and creative tale... we loved them all!

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