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Grade: 1st

Interest-building activity:

Give students a handout with stick figure bodies that are wearing t-shirts. Ask them to choose stick figures to represent their family members, with one of the stick figures representing the student. Then, they should decorate the t-shirt with things that person likes. The stick figures should also have blank faces so the students can fill in the faces with expressions that they and their families usually have. For example, if mom is always smiling, then she should be smiling in the picture.

Lesson Development:

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-Read the iStoryBooks.co story The Three Little Pigs. Give students a handout with three columns, one for each pig. It should include a blank face and a blank t-shirt. After they have drawn the pictures, they should circle the pig that made the best choices.

-On the board, you make three columns, one for each pig. With the help of the children, fill out the chart. Children are learning how to describe the characters.

-When you are finished, have the children fill in the faces and t-shirts for each pig. They should also sound-spell one word to describe each pig.


-Send students home with the link for the story and a timeline with four boxes for details. Have your students fill in the four boxes. Each box should have a house and the wolf. The last box should have what the pigs learned in the story.

Common Core:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2: Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3: Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7: Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.9: Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.