Book Used in this Pre-K/Kindergarten Unit
Pig Gets Stuck by Heather Amery
If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff
The Three Little Pigs
The Little Pig by Judy Dunn (used in If You Give a Pig a Pancake lessons)
Pop! A Book About Bubbles by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (used in If You Give a Pig a Pancake lessons)
Pig: See How They Grow by DK Publishing
Piggies by Audrey Wood
How to be a Pig by Ima Swine
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Olivia and the Missing Toy by Ian Falconer
Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer
Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer
How Big is a Pig by Clare Beaton
If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff
Pigs on a Blanket by Amy Axelrod (can be used to teach about time)
Pigs in the Pantry: Fun with Math and Cooking by Amy Axelrod
Pigsty by Mark Teague
Pigs by Gail Gibbons
All Pigs are Beautiful by Dick King Smith
The Great Pig Escape by Eileen Christelow
The Great Pig Search by Eileen Christelow
The Old Woman and Her Pig: An Appalachian Folktale by Margaret Read MacDonald
Eat! Cried Little Pig by Jonathan London
Good Little Bad Little Pig by Margaret Wise Brown
Piggies in a Polka by Kathi Appelt
Piggy in the Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz
Squeaky Clean by Simon Puttock
Activities For Any Story
Have your child narrate the story (re-tell it to you).
Nursery Rhymes and Finger Plays
This Little Piggy
This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed at home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy went
"Wee wee wee" all the way home.
Discuss: Ask your student, where else could pigs go?
To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, dancing a jig;
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog;
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog;
To market, to market, to buy a plum bun,
Home again, home again, market is done.
Ten Little Pigs
Sung to: "Five Little Ducks Went Out To Play"
Ten little pigs rolled in the mud -
Squishy, squashy, felt so good.
The farmer took one piggy out.
"Oink, Oink, oink," the pig did shout!
Continue with nine, eight, seven so forth, then...
No little pigs rolled in the mud.
They all looked so clean and good.
The farmer turned his back and then,
Those pigs rolled in the mud again.
The Pigs are Pink and Plump
Sung to: "The Farmer in the Dell"
The pigs are pink and plump,
The pigs are pink and plump.
They keep cool in mud all day,
The pigs are pink and plump.
The pigs have curly tails,
The pigs have curly tails.
The mother pig is called a sow,
The pigs have curly tails.
The piglets are so cute,
The piglets are so cute.
The piglets are the baby pigs,
The piglets are so cute.
Pig Nursery Rhyme Page
Think of words that rhyme with Pig, write them down where child can see them and point out the similar letters in each word. Make silly sentences with the rhyming words. Example "The pig named Sid likes to dig."
Recipe- Pigs in a Blanket
You will need: Lil' Smokie Sausages or Cocktail Wieners
1 can Crescent Rolls
Cut each crescent roll square into 2 pieces, wrap each piece (16) around a small sausage or cocktail wiener. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Serve with dipping sauces if you like (mustard, ketchup, or sweet & sour sauce).
Play in the Mud
If you are super brave (and don't mind a bit of a mess), make some mud for your piggy to play in. (You may want to do this activity outside). Unroll a roll of toilet paper into a large tub. Add one scoop Ivory Snow, a small amount of washable brown tempera paint, and water. Squish it until it's the consistency of mud. Have fun playing!
Field Trip Idea
Pig Gets Stuck
Find the Duck on every page.
Language Arts- Comprehension Questions
Ask comprehension questions-Why did Curly get stuck? Why did Curly eat the chicken food? Why was Curly hungry? What did Curly get for breakfast? How does the story end? Does the story have a good ending or a sad ending?
Use stick puppets to retell the story. (If you have the Farmyard Stencil Book, you can trace the templates instead of drawing them out by hand.)
Count the chickens on pages 5 and 12, How many white and red chickens. Make white and red chicken cut outs, add and subtract with cut outs.
How many different animals are on Apple tree Farm? As you read the story, count and name the animals on each page.
Math- Comparing Sizes
See pgs. 6-7 point out big, bigger biggest-how many pigs all together? Make pig cut outs-big bigger biggest-ask child to point to big pig, biggest pig, ect. Hide the pigs and have child find them and put them back in the "pen" which can be a plate or a bowl.
Social Studies- Mapping
If you have The Complete Book of Farmyard Tales, you may want to do the following activity- 1) Find Curly’s home on the map in the front of the book. If your book doesn't have map in front, draw a map of Apple Tree Farm. Where would be a good place for a pig pen? A chicken run?
The children in the story have first and last names. Teach your children their last names and addresses as well as your first name.
Cut out pictures of healthy food from newspaper ads. Glue to colored paper. Emphasize the importance of vegetables and fruits.
What did you eat for breakfast (or any meal)? Make a chart for the food groups, have child draw each food, and then place in appropriate food group section. Talk about need to include all food groups daily, and the importance of limiting sugar and chemicals in our diet.
If You Give a Pig a Pancake
Language Arts- Mailing a Letter
The pig has the girl take his picture (lots of times) so he can send them to friend. Help your student send a picture to a friend. Discuss how you address an envelope (allow your student to write some words if he can write) and where to put the stamp. You may even want to include a small note.
Language Arts- Listmaking
The pig is going to pack a suitcase. Has your student ever packed a suitcase? Make a list (verbally if you want) of what your student would need to pack if he were going on an overnight trip to grandma and grandpa's house (or anywhere for that matter).
Language Arts and Cooking- P is for Pig and Pancake
Make some pancakes in the shape of the letter P! Put your batter in a squeeze bottle and help your child squeeze a P onto the griddle (be very careful as you do this together). Try to think of other things that start with the letter P.
Fine Motor Skill- Pasting
Spend some time using glue (and getting sticky). Of course, you'll need to wash your hands when you are finished.
Language Arts- Chain Reaction Story
Discuss this story and how one event leads to another. Cut out these Prepared Cards and see if your student can put them in the right order. (If you are making a lapbook, use the cards to make an accordion minit book; a cover is included in the file.) I am also including a set of blank cards if your student prefers to write in his own answers, or if you'd like to use them for brainstorming for the next activity--
Help your student create her own chain reaction story. First, ask her what animal she wants to have as her main character. Next, ask her what she wants to give that animal. What will happen if you give a __________ a ________? Keep going until your student is tired of this activity (or until you are!). You may want to record her answers so you can re-read the story to her later.
Read POP! A Book About Bubbles by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Have fun blowing some bubbles and/or taking a bubble bath!
Real vs. Pretend
The pig in If You Give a Pig a Pancake does a lot of things that pigs don't really do. Discuss this with your child. Read Judy Dunn's wonderful book, The Little Pig, about the life and times of a real pig. After you've read both books, you may want to make a chart with your student of what real pigs do vs. what pretend pigs can do (remember, on the pretend side-- anything goes!). If The Little Pig is not available, you may want to read excerpts of Pigs by Gail Gibbons
Dance and Learn Pig Parts!
The pig in this book starts dancing! Teach your student the Higgy Piggy (sang to The Hokey Pokey). Clap when you Oink!
You put your right hoof (arm) in
You put your right hoof out
You put your right hoof in
And you shake it all about.
You do the Higgy Piggy
And you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about.
Continue with Other Verses:
2. You put your left hoof (arm) in
3. You put your right ham hock (leg) in
4. You put your left ham hock (leg) in
5. You put your right shoulder in
6. You put your left shoulder in
7. You put your snout in
8. You put your curly tail in
If You Give a Pig a Pancake Coloring Page
If You Give a Pig a Pancake Maze
If You Give a Pig a Pancake Story Cards
If You Give a Pig a Pancake (on-line game)
The Three Little Pigs
Social Studies: Houses
What does your home look like? Wood frame? Brick, stone, adobe? Have your student draw a picture of your house and family.
Let your student re-tell the story using these characters (link even includes a version of the story!) Encourage your student to use a high squeaky voice for the pigs and a low, rumbling voice for the wolf. Have fun!
Math: Ordinal Numbers
You may want to use this story to introduce your students to the concept of ordinal numbers. Which house did the Wolf visit first? Second? Third? If your student isn't ready for first, second, and third, try first, next, and last.
Math: Measurement- Weight
If you have the opportunity, gather some straw, a few sticks, and a brick. Ask your student which material is the heaviest? Let your student weigh each item on a scale (you will probably need a kitchen scale for this). Record the weight of each. Which one is the heaviest? Did your student make an accurate prediction?
Art: Blowing Paint
The wolf huffed and puffed! Give your student an opportunity to huff and puff and do something creative at the same time.
You will need:
paint (tempera works fine)
Cover your work area with newspaper. Add a drop of paint to the paper and then have your student use the straw to blow it around. Repeat with more colors until the your artist is satisfied with his masterpiece.
Three Little Pigs Sequencing Cards
Three Little Pigs Story Cards
Three Little Pigs Resources at Enchanted Learning (tons of great printables)
Three Little Pigs Reader's Theater (get the whole family involved!)
The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall
The Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone
The Three Little Pigs by Patricia Seibert
The Three Little Pigs by Heather Amery
Three Little Hawaiian Pigs and the Magic Shark by Donivee Laird
Three Little Cajun Pigs by Mike Artell
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas
Just for Fun
Pig Cake at Family Fun
Pot Belly Pig Crafts
Enchanted Learning Pig Crafts