"I was going to tell you a story today, but on my way here I dropped my pictures and now they’re out of order! I’ve heard that you are all very good at telling stories. Do you think if I share these pictures with you, that maybe we could put the story back in order together?"
Present the students with the three pictures.
Describe: What do you see in this picture? What characters do you see?
Analyze: What is happening in this picture?
Relate: Does anyone have an idea of what story this might be? Do you think you could help me tell the story?
Work together as a class to decide on the order of the pictures. Once the pictures are in order, retell the story of The Three Little Pigs with the help of the students, encourage the students to repeat the refrains with you:
WOLF: Little pig, little pig, let me in!
PIG 1/2/3: Not by the hairs on my chinny-chin-chin.
WOLF: Then I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down! (Wolf huffs and puffs and blows house down!)
Ask: "Who are the main characters in this story?" List the main characters on the board. Brainstorm different character traits (adjectives and emotions) for each character. "How would you describe the pigs/wolf? What did that character do in the story to make you think that?" Write these traits on the board next to the characters.
"Now that we’re experts on the story and the characters we are going to become actors. We’re going to bring this story to life using our bodies."