Perfect Pig Book Reports

Why

Pigs! Pigs! Pigs! Pick your favorite book (or poem) about pigs. Create a pig-sized poster to highlight the most fascinating points in your reading.


Steps

1. What do you know about pigs? How many are born at a time? What do they eat? How big do they get? What do they like to do? Which pigs make good pets? Why do pigs make such interesting main characters in books?


2. Read a book or poem about pigs. What characters or events were the most captivating? Why would other students enjoy reading it?


3. On construction paper(perhaps pink), outline a pig with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. If you change your mind, the marks erase easily! Cut out your pig with Crayola Scissors.


4. Use Crayola Washable Markers to draw your pig’s face. Show your pig’s snout, ears, eyes, and mouth.


5. What can you say about your book that would convince others to read it? What was the funniest part? Describe a colorful character. Build curiosity about the plot. Write your ideas on the pig. Use drawings to show characters and the action.


6. Present your pig-sized book report orally to your classmates. Create some mystery so others will want to read the book to find out what happened.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

Adaptations

  • Students with special needs could work together or with an adult to read, draw, and illustrate their book reports.
  • Integrate language arts with math by doing story problems involving pigs. Use pictures of pigs or pig manipulatives to practice counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.
  • Incorporate this book report into an animal unit for science by researching habitats, food needs, and habits of pigs.
  • Create a bulletin board for language arts entitled "We’re Rolling Along." Draw pigs playing/rolling in mud. Write one of the following on your pigs: words that end in –ing, pig poems, words related to pigs that spell pig: Playful Icky Grunt.
  • In social studies, learn in what regions of the world pigs are grown. Find these places on maps. Why are pigs not raised in some cultures?

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper

Overview

grades

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs

subjects

  • Language Arts
  • Visual Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Students research information about pigs and their habits.

  • Children read fictional books or poetry that include pigs as main characters.

  • Children design and create a poster-sized pig on which to write and illustrate a detailed book report and then present it orally to the class.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards