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A Lesson From Some Well Known Pigs

Linda Adams
Santa Rosa District Schools


This lesson gives students opportunities to use social skills to cooperate together in groups. The students listen to a familiar short story, participate in group discussion and work in groups to put together a puzzle.


Assist in establishing and meeting group goals.


-Copy of book [The Three Little Pigs]
-Discussion questions (see Associated File)
-Overhead transparency of Group Rating Scale (see Associated File)
-Overhead projector
-Copies of Group Rating Scale for students (see Associated File)
-Ziploc bags (one for each student)
-Four 100 piece puzzles (can be character related)
-Pencils to complete assessment
-Dry erase or chalkboard to record responses from discussion


1.Purchase four 100 piece puzzles. (These can be found at local dollar stores).
2. Find a copy of the book [The Three Little Pigs] (Any version is acceptable).
3. Make an overhead transparency of the Group Rating Scale (see Associated File). Obtain an overhead projector.
4. Make copies of the Group Rating Scale for each student.
5. Make a copy of the Discussion questions (see Associated File).
6. Place pieces of each puzzle into Ziploc bags. There will be 4 groups with each group having one of the 100 piece puzzles. Each member of the group will have a bag with puzzle pieces that are fairly equal according to the number of students in your class.
7. Divide your students into 4 groups. This should be done prior to class to save time.
8. Have pencils at each person’s desk to ensure assessment is completed.
9. Make sure that you have a chalkboard/ dry erase board to record responses to discussion.


NOTE: This activity was developed for middle or high school students although it could be easily modified for elementary students.

1. Ask students if they remember reading a story about some pigs in elementary school.

2. Show students the book titled [The Three Little Pigs]. Ask for a volunteer to read the book or read the book to the students.

3. After reading the book, use the discussion questions (provided in Associated File) to help students begin to think about working together.

4. Ask students how they think this story would have been different if the pigs had worked together from the beginning. Be sure to call on several students and elicit a variety of responses.

5. Discuss these responses by writing and summarizing these statements on the board. This will be available to students for review.

6. Divide students into 4 separate groups. Have them move in the classroom to find the people in their group and a place to work together on a project. Give each group member a Ziploc bag filled with an approximate number of puzzle pieces. For example, a 100-piece puzzle would be divided into 4 separate bags with 25 pieces each for a four-member group.

7. After each group has recieved a bag of puzzle pieces, encourage them to establish groups that are working cooperatively to complete the puzzles. You can do this by telling them that " a project" needs to be completed to end this activity. This way, they establish themselves what needs to be done.

8. Mention to students that they will be filling out a “report” that explains how well each person participated in the group.

9. Instruct students that they will be given 40 minutes to complete the puzzle activity. (Why? Because this time limit will encourage everyone to get started quickly.)

10. Tell students to begin to work together to put the puzzle together. Give no further directions. Observe how each group works together (especially noting which students emerge as leaders).

11. At the end of 40 minutes call for students to cease working.

12. Have students move back to their original seats to ensure that they will complete the assessment independently.

13. Distribute the Group Rating Scale (from Associated File). Have overhead copy ready and display it for students. Go through each question briefly so that students understand each statement.

14. Have students complete the form and tell them that you will be completing the teacher portion of the form for them. Encourage them to be honest and accurate with their assessment.

15. Call for any discussion on this activity from students and ask that they give opinions as to how this activity could be more useful.


Following the lesson, use the Group Rating Scale to assess how each student participates in a variety of group situations. (see Associated File) Reinforce the concept of establishing and meeting group goals to solve problems with those students who are having difficulty.


As a follow up activity, lead students in a discussion of the roles that each person took in the group as they put together their puzzles. Who emerges as a leader? Who contributed the most? Who worked the hardest? What can this activity show you about life? This will help students realize each person’s value as they work together. This can also lead to a discussion of how this can be applied to cooperation in a place of employment.

This lesson can be modified easily for supported level students. The puzzle would be one of much fewer pieces and the checklist can be completed orally.

Attached Files

Group Rating Scale     File Extension: pdf

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