Lesson Plan:

The Three Little Pigs: Illustration to Text

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August 20, 2015
by Sharon Schellenberg

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to sequence and match illustrations to text.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Display the cover of The Three Little Pigs.
  • Ask your students to predict what happens in the story based on the picture.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Invite the students to recall the name for someone who draws the pictures in books.
  • Explain that the artist who draws the pictures is called the illustrator.
  • Explain that pictures can also be called illustrations.
  • Open the book to the first illustration.
  • Invite the students to describe what they see on the page.
  • Read the text on the page, and then proceed to the next page.
  • Continue this process while calling on different students to describe the illustrations.
  • Watch The Three Little Pigs interactive story.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Explain to the students that they will be “buddy reading” with a friend.
  • Model this activity by asking a student to sit next to you.
  • Place The Three Little Pigs between you and the student.
  • Look at the pictures, and retell the story to the student.
  • Then, tell the student to do the same thing as you listen attentively.
  • Assign the students to a reading buddy or buddies (up to three in a group).
  • Hand out the books, and dismiss the pairs to their own quiet spots in the room.
  • Remind them to focus on the book and keep their voices low.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Ask your students to use the included worksheet to put the story in the correct sequence, or order.
  • Model how to do the first one or two steps.



  • Enrichment: Have students add additional text to their illustrations. Give your students a different story to match illustrations to.
  • Support: Give students a finished example of the worksheet as a visual guide.

Related Books and/or Media


Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Look for students who are following directions and participating.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Ask the students to reflect on the lesson. Potential discussion questions include: Which part of the lesson was hard? Which part did you like? How did we use illustrations to tell the story? How did we use text to tell the story? What other books could you do this with?

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