The Three Little Pigs - A Quick Play (K)

 

EARL Connections:

Communications:  Attends to oral stories, poems, etc. (e.g., maintains eye contact, faces speaker). Recognizes sounds in the environment. Hears rhyming words when spoken. Listens for information

Reading:  Using predictions to make meaningful inferences. Sequences the main story ideas.

Rationale:

The state learning benchmarks for kindergarten emphasize meaningful communication building for students.  This activity acts the students to listen to a story, decide among of group students the characters (pig 1, pig 2, pig 3, wolf) and then act out the story. Not only will communication skills be used, but also sequencing and predicting (key reading benchmarks) are utilized .

Objectives:

The students will be able to:

1.     Listen to the story The Three Little Pigs.

2.     Act out the story in groups of 4.

3.     Determine who will play the characters in the story – pig 1, pig 2, pig 3, wolf

Lesson:

1.     Read one of the versions of The Three Little Pigs.  I would suggest a story that follows closely to the original version, since most children will have some previous experience and knowledge of the text.

2.     Choose 4 students for each group – I have found that I am able to avoid problems by selecting group members, rather than having the children select their own groups.

3.     Model acting out the story without using words.  Become the first pig and go through building the house, hiding inside and then running to the second pig’s house. 

4.     After modeling, have one group of children model acting out the story with narrator dialogue and silent actors.  Offer tips to the children such as making the movements large (going from floor to ceiling) and slowly doing the movements (along with the narrator).

5.     Once the group of 4 has performed the story, let the other “acting groups” practice while the teacher reads.  This may take several runs through the action.

6.     Finally, have the children take on the words and stories. Some of the groups might want to perform for the class.

NOTE:  Tables need to be moved to the side of the classroom for this activity.

 

 

 

 

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Making an effort to increase student learning by integrating  drama will help children gain meaningful context to their lives.