Showing posts with label Three Pigs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Three Pigs. Show all posts

September 30, 2012

Free Storytelling Cards - Three Pigs

I am so excited to share a free set of storytelling cards for the story of The Three Pigs.  This set includes word cards as well.  To access this free set - go to the Fairy Dust Teaching Facebook page!


Enjoy!

October 05, 2011

Drawing a pig

Drawing a pig is very easy for kindergartners.  Here are some of the drawings from my class during the three little pigs unit:
 I begin by telling the children to make a circle on the top half of the page.  Next we add an oval in the middle of that circle for the snout with two dots.  I made the eyes with two curved lines.  The ears are triangles.
 I tell the children to draw an oval for the pig's body.  The legs are rectangles with upside down V's.  Finally, we add a curly tail.  They can add a horizon line and a barn if they wish.  Or any other details they desire!




October 04, 2011

The Three Pigs Table Puppet Show

Letting the children retell a fairy tale is very powerful in building comprehension.  The table puppet show can be very simple like this one.  I use simple plastic pigs and an old wolf puppet.  It works!  The children love it!

The Three Little Pigs Table Puppet Play from Fairy Dust Teaching on Vimeo.

October 03, 2011

I'll Huff and I'll Puff and . . .

 My educational method is to present one fairy tale for at least two weeks.  I read multiple versions of the tale, retell it orally, retell it with puppets, and at the end - have the children act it out.  It is a method that I have developed over the last 12 years or more.  This year, my intern Stephanie Harsha, took the Three Little Pigs play to a new level with the houses she had the children make!  Oh my but they were divine!   The children loved it so much!


 I think it is important to make the acting out of a fairy tale a simple activity.  We will act out at least eight to ten fairy tales.  It is not a big production.  It is an opportunity for children to own the story.  I call it "teaching to the bones."  The children know the stories to the marrow.  Here is a simple way to identify the pigs - with sentence strips.  It is easy and it works.
 Stephanie let the children decorate and embellish the three houses.  They worked so hard.
Stephanie had the children bring sticks from their own yards.  It was so cool.  I am definitely taking Stephanie's method of making the three houses.  It worked beautifully.  (Shhh - my method was not this beautiful!)

September 17, 2011

Cityscape

My class was at library a week ago when I saw a student's book.  The cover was similar to an art project I have done in the past but different (click here to see!).  I knew I had to bring this to our Three Pigs unit of construction. 

 I love the purple background and multicolored windows.  

What you need:
Purple, black and assorted colored construction paper.  I prepared the paper by cutting the black paper into various sizes of rectangle for the skyscrapers.  I cut the colored paper into assorted sizes of squares and triangles. 
 STEP ONE:  Glue down the black rectangles onto the purple paper.
 Create a skyline.
 Fill the page to create the skyline.
 STEP TWO:  Add windows.  Add a few tops (just a couple - not too many!).
 STEP THREE:  With a crayon, add any desired details.
STEP FOUR:  Add touches of gold paint with a paint pen. 



 A view of our display.

September 15, 2011

A Peek into My Classroom

The story of the Three Pigs offer so many extensions.  Here are a few currently underway in my classroom:


 I set up my IKEA roadway rug (super cheap and wonderful) with matchbox cars, little wooden cars and a set of little wooden traffic signs.  I like to bring the idea of the neighborhood, community, community helpers inside this theme.  It all starts with our homes.
 The children love this center.  We have to put speed limits in our little village tho. . .Cars do like to zoom at fast speeds!
 Little notepads with a little pen.  Writing magic.  All sorts of writing unfolds. . .
 This is one of those YES finds!  I have a wooden tool bench that I found on clearance at Target for $20.  A couple of hard hats, an extra set of construction nuts and bolts and a way we go!  (I think IKEA and Target are both teacher heaven.)
 Have you noticed how some children "pile" when they play?  All the toys end up piled?  If you watch the children who do this and then check out their drawings and writing--- interestingly --- you will find they are children who cannot write letters yet (or just beginning) and have yet to put details into drawings.  In other words, a sense of order spatially has yet to emerge.

Housekeeping becomes a combination of doctor, police station, and eye doctor!  I put various tools of different community helpers in housekeeping and let the children roll with it. 
 Here is glimpse of what happened Monday.  There was a large group who took some of the materials from housekeeping out on to the carpet and formed their own "office."

 I thought it was way cool because it allowed more room for collaborative play.  They had more room to create together.  Housekeeping was too small.  Yay!  Love the expanded play!
 Ooo, colored light is so enchanting!  I saw this in a classroom years ago and loved it!  I draw the letters on copy paper and let the children use the light bright to "build" a light filled letter! 
 Excellent for building fine motor skills as well.

 A view of the humming classroom. . .


 Glorious pad of paper providing writing in play.  Gotta love it!

September 12, 2011

Building Plans

This week we are dwelling inside the story of the Three Pigs.  This week I will be posting some of my activities for this fairy tale.  First, this is such a perfect story to bring the vocabulary and work of architects.  I have a wonderful book called "Homes" that talks about architects and the planning of a building.

Here is a super idea for blocks!  I put out clipboards with paper and it is a requirement that the children draw a "blue print" of what they plan to build.  It is so much fun! 
 Student drawing his "plans" for block building.
 Students using their "plans" to build a structure.
 Here is a student's blue print.
 Here is his finished structure!

I also put a "city blocks" set out in the block center so children can build a community.

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