Learning Activities for The Three Little Pigs

Language Connections

Oral language / Comprehension / Inferences

Open-ended questions:

  • What is the difference between the three pigs?
  • Why makes the wolf a bad character?
  • What did the wolves could not control? (appetite, voracity, to promote discussion about self-control which might include controlling one’s appetite)
  • Why some people cannot control their negative tendencies? (this is for a mature audience)
  • Why did the First and Second Little Pigs build a weak house?
  • Why did the Third Little Pig build a strong house?
  • How is this wolf similar to the one from Little Red Riding Hood?

 

Writing

Write/draw about your favorite part of the story.

Draw and/or write what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story.

Make a list of materials you can use to build a house.

Write a card to The Little Pigs?

Which word(s) in the story rhyme with –  wig – house – brick – three Can you come up with more pairs of rhyming words inspired by the story? Write and draw them.

Math Connections

Guessing game – place popsicle sticks in a container for the children to guess how many. Write the prediction and the actual answer. How far were you from the real answer?

Addition word problems. 1 – The Third Little Pig laid 10 bricks yesterday and 8 more today. How many bricks has he laid altogether?  Write the equation in more than one form, such as vertical and horizontal. Use a number line to show the problem.

Subtraction word problem – It took the Third Little Pig ten days to build his house but the First Little Pig built his house in 3 days only. How many more days did the third pig work more than the first pig?

Pattern – Draw green an red apples forming an AB, ABB or AAB pattern.

Number game (memory, concept of one more) – First player says, “I went to the fair and I got 1 potato”. The second player will add two of something. “I went to the fair and got 1 potato and 2 carrots.” The third player adds three of something else to the list.  And so on. Each player adds something that is one more than the previous. The children will need to focus and remember the previous objects in the basket. You can use the number line to show the next number.

 

Design & Technology

Make the Second Little Pig’s home out of Popsicle sticks. Children can make it in 2D or 3D.