There are literally tens of thousands of children’s books published each year. Taking a walk through the children’s section of bookstores gives you a glimpse of the wide range of books now available to children. You can also browse Amazon and quickly realize that there are more books out there for our students than they could ever read or have read to them. However, as the industry booms, let’s not forget about those oldies but goodies that are timeless and bring so many teaching opportunities to our classroom.
One of my favorite themes to teach is fairy tales. We spend lots of time with the stories of The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Gingerbread Man, and Little Red Riding Hood. Students love these stories, and they perfect for retelling, acting out, sequencing, and my favorite: compare and contrast.
There are so many versions of these books on the market today, plus the spin-offs are terrific! I am currently teaching the theme on buildings and construction. What better book to use than The Three Little Pigs! However, since I am presently teaching abroad in a Muslim country, I needed to find a spin-off using an animal other than a pig. So, I wrote my own spin-off, The Three Little Camels. I wanted to incorporate the culture and heritage of the UAE in with the story, so the three camels leave their large family which live in a Bedouin tent and build their homes out of palm branches, sticks, and mud bricks (traditional building materials for this area).
Now, I have a book to use anywhere I teach which I can pair with The Three Little Pigs and teach my students about the heritage and culture of another country.
Check out my list of various versions and spin-offs of The Three Little Pigs under the tab Let’s Read.
Students built the camel's houses in one of their centers using palm leaves, sticks, and blocks. Since we were also learning shapes, they built their houses in various shapes.
After teaching in North Carolina for 30 years, I moved to the UAE to teach. Over my teaching career I have seen the classroom go from being an engaging hands-on environment, to one filled with worksheets, testing, and data. Let's get back to making learning fun!
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