Sequencing Using Folktales
Created By: Marilyn Cimino, Dr.Howard Elementary School (Champaign, IL)
Grade Level: 4th
Content Area: Language Arts
Length of Time: 45 to 60 minutes
Lesson Plan Objectives
- The students will demonstrate
their ability to recognize the sequence of events by summarizing The
True Story of the Three Little Pigs.
- Students will use specific
words to help write a summary of the sequence events in The True
Story of the Three Little Pigs.
- One copy of The Three
- One copy of The True
Story of the Three Little Pigs
- Paper (for each student)
- Pencil (for each student)
- Chalk board or chart paper
and writing utensil
- Teacher will ask class if
anyone knows the tale of The Three Little Pigs.
- Teacher will ask students
to share any information they recall from that tale.
- Teacher will read the story
to the class for those who haven't heard it and to refresh the memory
of those who have.
- Class will have short discussion
about the story (e.g., what did you think, especially those who just
heard it for the first time, etc.)
- Teacher will ask for volunteers
to summarize what happened. The statements should be recorded on the
board or chart paper.
- After the statements are
recorded, ask the class which happened first, second... next, then,
- Put the statements in order
using the words that help them to know what happened when.
- Have a discussion about
how important those words are in helping to tell the order or sequence
of the events that happened. Underline those sequencing words on the
- Teacher will explain to
the students that she is going to read another version of the story
but it is called The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.
- Tell the children that this
story is different and is told from the wolf's point of view.
- Ask them to pay special
attention to what happens in this story.
- Tell students that they
will have to write a short summary of this story using the sequencing
words after it is read. Teacher will read story slowly and may repeat
or comment on particular parts that she feels will be important to remember.
- After the story is read,
ask the children to write a summary of it using the sequencing words.
- After the writing is completed
have a class discussion about the two books, how they were alike and
different, who liked which one best and why, etc. This will wrap up
Teacher will check to see if
the students wrote their summary of the story in the order in which it
happened (which would signify that they recognized the sequence of events)
and used the sequencing words in a meaningful order to help order their
*Partially adapted from: <http://www.teachers.net/lessons/posts/2012.html>