The Three Little Pigs Finger Puppets Play
The lesson plan, The Three Little Pigs Finger Puppets Play, combines an old fable and puppets to boost young learners' reading comprehension. Kindergarteners and first graders will enjoy listening to the story "The Three Little Pigs," and then retelling the story with their very own puppets. This provides a great opportunity for kids to communicate, use their fine motor skills, and build confidence in speaking. After children successfully retell the story, challenge them to write about their favorite character.
Students will be able to identify story patterns and retell familiar stories including key details in small groups.
- Tell students that today we're going to read a story called The Three Little Pigs.
- Ask students if they've heard or read this story before. If they have, ask them to not spoil the story for their peers who haven't.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(15 minutes)
- Read the The Three Little Pigs on your computer, tablet, or interactive whiteboard.
- Ask the students questions to assess their reading comprehension throughout the reading. Ask questions such as:
- "Who are the characters in the story?"
- "Where does the story take place?"
- "What is the problem in the story?"
- Write the questions on the board as you ask them.
- Allow students to continue the conversation through multiple exchanges with their partners. Have them ask each other the questions again and share their answers. Then, choose volunteers to share their own or their partner's thinking with the whole class.
- Prompt your students to identify patterns found in the story. Encourage them to notice where the pattern in the story is broken (e.g. when the wolf is unable to blow the third pig's house down).
Guided Practice(45 minutes)
- Hand out The Three Little Pigs Finger Puppet Show worksheets.
- Have the students color and cut out the finger puppets by themselves.
- After they have finished making the puppets, students will use the puppets to engage in a conversation about the story.
- Let the students work in small groups to reenact the story. Listen that all students are participating and building on one another's comments through mutiple exchanges by playing different characters.
Independent working time(20 minutes)
- Ask students to draw and write in their journals about their favorite character in the story. Remind them to include details from the story in their drawing and writing.
- Have advanced students work on The Three Little Pigs Story worksheet instead of making finger puppets. Additionally, have them write in their journals by themselves.
- Help struggling students write short sentences in their journals.
- Ask the students to explain their journal entries to you individually or to the class. Ask guiding questions such as, "Why is this your favorite character?" and "What did the character say and do in the story to make you choose this character?"
- Assess that students are able to identify a favorite character, and provide reasons that support their decision.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Tell students that today that worked with a small group to retell the important parts of a story.
- Ask students to turn and talk to a partner to identify the characters from the story. Remind students that the characters were the puppets that they created. Provide the sentence frame, "The ____ was a character in the story" to support their sharing.
- Review that a complete retell of the story includes the beginning, middle and end of the story.
- Allow students to take their puppets home, and invite them to retell the story at home.