Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf Lesson Plan

Instructor: Frank Clint

Frank has been an educator for over 10 years. He has a doctorate degree in education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction.

Take the classic story of 'The Three Little Pigs' and the newer 'Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf' and teach students the concept of comparing and contrasting two versions of the same story. Students will produce a graphic organizer by the end of the lesson.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Compare 'The Three Little Pigs' and 'Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf'
  • Contrast 'The Three Little Pigs' and 'Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf'
  • Create a graphic organizer to record information.

Length

60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.9

Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.

Vocabulary

  • Cackled
  • Dismal
  • Pawed
  • Snagged
  • Squealed
  • Squeaked
  • Benevolent
  • Vicious
  • Villains

Materials

  • Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra
  • A traditional version of The Three Little Pigs in either video or book format
  • Chart tablet or whiteboard
  • Construction paper
  • Writing utensils, markers, crayons

Instruction

Pre-reading

  • Either read or show a video format of a traditional version of The Three Little Pigs to students. As an alternative, you may opt to ask students questions about the story as they will likely be familiar with the story.
  • Do a picture walk of the book Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra to preview the book with students before you read. You may need to help students understand some of the vocabulary before reading the story. Help students make connections. Ask students the following questions before you start reading the story:
    • Who can you predict B.B. Wolf is? Make sure to point out that B.B. are initials and explain accordingly to promote understanding.
    • What does it mean to tell the truth?

Reading

  • Read Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra aloud to students. As you read, stop to check for basic comprehension of events. Explain any puns or references students may not know. Emphasize vocabulary words as you encounter them in the story.
  • After you finish the read aloud, lead students in a discussion about the characters and events in the story. Try to get students to summarize the story and gain as much participation from as many students as you can. The goal is to get students to tell you that this story is different from The Three Little Pigs. Ask students the following guiding questions:
    • What did you notice about this story?
    • Who were the villains and what were they doing to fix up the place where they live?
    • Why does Wolf say he blew down the first piggy's house?
    • Why does Wolf say he blew down the second piggy's house?
    • Why does Wolf say he blew down the third piggy's house?
    • What does the Wolf do for the three pigs?
    • Do you believe that he really has changed his ways?
    • How would you feel if you were one of the three pigs?
  • Use a chart tablet to lead the class in a discussion to compare and contrast the traditional story of The Three Little Pigs with Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf using a Venn diagram or another graphic organizer of your choice.

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