The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs


First graders compare fictional and real pigs. In this pig comparison lesson plan, 1st graders read a fiction text then a non-fiction text on pigs. Students complete a K-W-L chart  and fill out a Venn Diagram. 

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In this Hanukah word search, students are given ten words to locate in a word puzzle which is shaped like a menorah. An answer key is provided.

Chicken Story Pyramid

Students explore the elements of fictional text. In this story elements lesson, students read Chicken Said "Cluck" and create a pyramid of story elements identified in class. Students then read a nonfiction text about chickens and create a Venn diagram comparing the two books.

Log Cabin in a Thunderstorm Lesson Plan

Young scholars work on a K-W-L chart about electrical storms, lightening, and thunder. They discuss how meteorologists forecast storms and research their answers which are shared in a whole class setting. Using art supplies, they draw dwelling which they feel would be safe in a stormy situation. Finally, they write a narrative of comforting a younger person during a storm.

Many Luscious Lollipops

Youngsters read the book, Many Luscious Lollipops and identify the descriptive words used throughout the text. In class discussions they practice describing the pictures they see in the text before they pick an object of their own to describe by using adjectives. Finally their classmates will have to guess the object they are describing. This would make an excellent introductory lesson for a descriptive writing unit.

Reading to Learn

Children learn to read and comprehend non-fiction text and explore how to relate non-fiction texts to things they already know. They then examine how to stop and think about what they are reading repeatedly to make sure they understand the text.

Comparing & Contrasting Real & Make Believe Bears

First graders complete a Venn Diagram. In this comparison lesson, 1st graders read stories about fictional bears and discuss some of the actions of the bears. Students complete a Venn Diagram where they compare real bears and fictional bears.

Introducing Literary Elements in Fiction

Identify literary elements in fiction. In this reading comprehension lesson plan, learners read the book Pigsty and record literary elements onto a graphic organizer. They specifically discuss the main characters and events in the text.

Sing Your True Story of the 3 Pigs

Students listen to the alternative version of the Three Little Pigs story, the book "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" and select whether they relate to the wolf or the pig. After selecting a side, they create a song or a rap about their point of view.

K-W-L Chart

After choosing a topic of interest, young learners use the K-W-L thinking process to create an informational, illustrated, big book. K-W-L, a three-part thinking process, asks the learner to respond to three questions: What do we know prior to writing? What do we want to know after we have completed our reports? And what have we learned once the report is written? A student handout is imbedded in the lesson.

Summarizing Key Information

Pupils summarize information. In this language arts lesson, students summarize information from a fictional text. Pupils read a folktale and summarize the story.

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