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1 About the Tale The Three Little Pigs Although we ll never know who invented the story of The Three Little Pigs, historians credit James Orchard Halliwell with being the first person to publish it. In 1849, he included the tale in his tome Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales. Since then, the classic has been retold and interpreted by everyone from the Brothers Grimm to fractured-fairy-tale specialist John Scieszka. Today, this engaging story of three house-building pigs and the huffing, puffing big bad wolf is probably the most widely told children s story in the English-speaking world. Discussion Questions 1. Why did the big bad wolf want to blow down the pigs homes? 2. The pigs put a pot of hot stew at the bottom of the chimney. Do you think that was fair? Why or why not? 3. The are three pigs in this story. Can you think of some other stories that have three characters? Notable Retellings B The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall (Puffin Books, 1996). Via funny dialogue and exuberant cartoons, Marshall breathes new life into this favorite. B The Three Pigs by David Wiesner (Clarion Books, 2001). Don t miss this Caldecott Award winning retelling stocked with incredible pictures and a super-zany plotline. B The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! by John Scieszka (Puffin Books, 1996). Get kids giggling and teach point of view with this fractured classic told from the wolf s perspective. Companion Reproducible Focus Skills: Critical and Creative Thinking, Making Personal Connections, Writing Distribute copies of the reproducible on page 38. Then invite each child to complete the poem and add an illustration. Name Build a House The three little pigs used straw, sticks, and bricks to build their homes. What would you use? Fill in the poem. Then draw a picture of yourself inside your house! To keep the Big Bad Wolf away, I would not build a house of hay. Instead, I d build a house of. Then in my happy home I d stay! Folk & Fairy Tale Easy Readers Teaching Guide Scholastic Teaching Resources 38 (object) Scholastic Folk & Fairy Tale Easy Readers Teaching Guide page 38 Level F Word Count 243 Vocabulary chimney, cozy, dashed, stew, straw Supportive Features repetitive, patterned text; familiar story Challenging Features long sentences, use of commas, phrases such as Quick as a wink Comprehension Use this book with the Problem/Solution Chart on page 24. Phonics short vowels (a: bad, and, as, ran, at, back, that; e: yelled, then, them, when; i: pig, big, quick, sticks, bricks, in; o: upon, not, pot, hot, bottom; u: huffed, puffed, lunch, jumped, up) Writing Invite children to pretend they are the big bad wolf and write a letter to the pigs explaining his point of view. Fluency Have partners reread the story, alternating each page. Circulate and listen in. Model how to read dialogue that is in all caps, such as OUCH! 37

2 Name Build a House The three little pigs used straw, sticks, and bricks to build their homes. What would you use? Fill in the poem. Then draw a picture of yourself inside your house! To keep the Big Bad Wolf away, I would not build a house of hay. Instead, I d build a house of. Then in my happy home I d stay! (object) 38 Folk & Fairy Tale Easy Readers Teaching Guide Scholastic Teaching Resources

3 The Three Little Pigs A retelling by Violet Findley Illustrated by Keiko Motoyama After that, the three little pigs lived safe and sound in their cozy house of bricks. And the big bad wolf never bothered them again. 16 Scholastic Folk & Fairy Tale Easy Readers Teaching Guide page 39 When the wolf came down the chimney, he landed right in the pot. OUCH! OUCH! OUCH! he yelled. 14 One day, each pig decided to build a house to keep safe from the big bad wolf. You see, the wolf loved to eat little pigs. 3

4 Once upon a time, there lived three little pigs. Then, quick as a wink, he dashed out the door and ran far, far away A The first pig built a cozy house of straw. 4 B Please do! said the pigs sweetly. You see, they had put a pot of very hot stew at the bottom of the chimney. 13 Scholastic Folk & Fairy Tale Easy Readers Teaching Guide page 40

5 I m coming down the chimney to eat you for dinner! said the wolf. But the big bad wolf huffed and puffed and blew the house down Scholastic Folk & Fairy Tale Easy Readers Teaching Guide page 41 The third little pig built a cozy house of bricks. He invited the two other pigs to live with him. 10 The second little pig built a cozy house of sticks. 7

6 Quick as a wink, the first little pig ran away before he became breakfast. The big bad wolf huffed and puffed and huffed and puffed. But he just could not blow the brick house down C But the big bad wolf huffed and puffed and blew the house down. 8 D Quick as a wink, the second little pig ran away before he became lunch. 9 Scholastic Folk & Fairy Tale Easy Readers Teaching Guide page 42

7 Making the Mini-Books 1. Make doublesided copies of the mini-book pages. (You should have two double-sided copies for each one.) No! Because you did not help, I will just have to eat this bread by myself, said And so she did, with jam on top! Scholastic Folk & Fairy Tale Easy Readers Teaching Guide page Before long, all the bread was baked. Who will help me eat this? asked I will just have to grind it by myself, said 10 The Little Red Hen A retelling by Violet Findley Illustrated by Lynne Cravath Before long, all the wheat was tall. Who will help me cut this? asked You see, they were all quite lazy. I will just have to cut it by myself, said 3. Position the pages so that the lettered spreads (A, B, C, D) are face up. Place the B spread on top of the A spread. Then, place the C and D spreads on top of those in sequence. Scholastic Folk & Fairy Tale Easy Readers Teaching Guide page 35 The Little Red Hen A retelling by Violet Findley Illustrated by Lynne Cravath Before long, all the wheat was cut. Who will help me grind this? asked Not the me! little said red the hen. dog. Before Not long, me! all said the the wheat duck. was ground. Who will help me bake this into bread? 8 9 D asked I will just have to plant 6it by myself, said I will just have to bake 11 it by myself, said Once upon a time, a little red hen decided Me! C the little said red the dog. hen. to plant some wheat. B Me! said the cat B Who will help me plant this? she asked. Me! said the duck. A 2 15 A C 2. Cut the pages in half along the dashed line. Scholastic Folk & Fairy Tale Easy Readers Teaching Guide page 33 No! Because you did not help, I will just have to eat this bread by myself, said And so she did, with jam on top! 16 Before long, all the bread was baked. Who will help me eat this? asked You see, they were all quite lazy. 4. Fold the pages in half along the solid line. Make sure all the pages are in the proper order. Staple them together along the book s spine. The Little Red Hen A retelling by Violet Findley Illustrated by Lynne Cravath Book Badge Reproducibles Let me read. to you! Let s read. together! Folk & Fairy Tale Easy Readers Teaching Guide Scholastic Teaching Resources 29

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