The Three Little Pigs

A WebQuest for Fifth Grade (Literature)
Designed by Jackie Blair, Sehrish Munir, and Danielle Savant
external image ThreeLittlePigs.gif
What makes a story a story? Is it pictures? The characters? A happy ending? You'll soon discover that there are many important parts to a story as you read, draw, and act out The Three Little Pigs. This activity will help you learn and be able to recognize the most important parts of any story. Let's begin!

Task One:
The children will video tape themselves acting out the story. This will give students both the visual and auditory examples that they need. The students will all get into groups and act out the scenes. They will get only a few days to work on the video so we are sure to get through all of them during class time. The video will be presented to the class and we will discusss the videos.
Task Two:
The students will have to do a drawing using Microsoft Draw or Microsoft Paint. All students will be asked to present their drawing to the class and explain what they chose to draw and why. The drawing should relate to the story in some way.

Task One:
1. Divide the class into groups of approximately five students.
2. Explain the nature of the assignment as well as the appropriate use of the video cameras; including how to film, edit, and upload videos.
3. Offer students ample amounts of class time to work on the project together as well as additional assistance from the teacher outside of the classroom via e-mail.
4. Allow the students two days to complete their videos.
5. On the day that the assignment is due, have each group present their videos to the class and explain its relations to the text.
6. Discuss the overall outcome of the presentations, any problems that may have occurred the process of making the videos, and what can be done to improve this assignment in the future.
Task Two:
1. Instruct the students on how to use programs like Microsoft Draw and Microsoft Paint.
2. Ask students to draw pictures illustrating each story part using the program of their choice.
3. Allow students time in class to work on the assignment independently and ask questions.
4. Have the students save their work via e-mail or an online classroom dropbox in order to work on the assignment further at home.
5. During the next class session, students will present their drawings to the rest of the class and explain how they relate to the parts of a story.
6. At the end of the lesson, discuss the assignment and have the students vote on their favorite drawings.
Illinois Learning Standards
  • Identify literary elements and literary techniques (e.g., characterization, use of narration, use of dialogue) in a variety of literary works.
  • Describe how literary elements (e.g., theme, character, setting, plot, tone, conflict) are used in literature to create meaning.
  • Identify definitive features of literary forms (e.g., realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, narrative, nonfiction, biography, plays, electronic literary forms.
  • Respond to literary material by making inferences, drawing conclusions and comparing it to their own experience, prior knowledge and other texts.
  • Identify and explain themes that have been explored in literature from different societies and eras.
  • Relate literary works and their characters, settings and plots to current and historical events, people and perspectives.
  • Demonstrate creativity and innovation
  • Communicate and collaborate
  • Conduct research and use information
  • Think critically, solve problems, and make decisions
  • Use technology effectively and productively
(NETS-S, 2010)


4 – maintained consistent eye contact and voice carried through
4 – displayed proper use of software, organized very well.
4 – created a detailed picture, using at least 3 effects.
4 – clear effort shown, quality work and presentation skills.
3 – maintained some eye contact, voice projected well.
3 – video was filmed properly, could have been edited better.
3 – created an average picture, using at least 2 effects.
3 – some effort shown, presentations skills are good.
2 – looked up a few times, spoke softly.
2 – filming needs work, editing poorly.
2 – created a poor picture, used at least 1 effect.
2 – effort barely shown, presented poorly.

The students are to able to successfully direct, act and create an accurate video representation of The Three Little Pigs. Along with a video representation the students will gain knowledge of how to navigate Windows Movie Maker, and create a 5 minute video. Another goal the students are to accomplish is becoming familiar with Microsoft Draw or Paint. In doing this they will have created a visual representation of the most important parts of the story and will practice their public speaking skills by presenting it to the class.