Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Beginning, Middle, and End

I saw a teacher show her students the importance of the ending of a book today and I loved the idea and wanted to share it!

The teacher introduced the book The Three Little Pigs by laying out some straw, some sticks, and a couple of bricks. She generated some discussion with the kids about why she brought these items to school and what they might mean. With a little guidance, they thought of the book The Three Little Pigs.

The teacher used the Benchmark big book version of The Three Little Pigs for the lesson. If you are not familiar with Benchmark's version of the different fairy tales, you should check them out. They have big bright illustrations and they are not too wordy.
The teacher read the book aloud up until the last few pages where the wolf was about to drop down the chimney and into the house of the third little pig. When she reached this point, she stopped reading to the class. She turned to book to face her and pretended to read the rest of it to herself, laughing as she went. The kids were sitting on the carpet anxiously waiting to hear the rest of the story!! Then the teacher closed the book and put it back on her easel and started to talk about something else. The kids started to moan and groan and they the teacher to finish the book. She told them she didn't really need to, but they persisted. They wanted so badly to read the end of the book. Finally the teacher opened the book back up to finish it. She used this illustration to show how important the ending of a story is. You could use this same idea to show the importance of the beginning, the middle, and the end. You can also link the idea to being a good writer and how important it is to have a beginning, a middle, and an end to their own stories.


Holly said...

How clever - love it! I've done the whole read the ending to myself and not share it - waiting for begs and pleads but never made that connection.

Thanks for sharing! :)

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Gina said...

how fun! Nice work, Teach!

tmarie said...

Very smart! Don't you just love stealing, um, I mean borrowing ideas from other great teachers!
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Amanda D! said...

I know this post is from almost 4 years ago, but I just wanted to say I LOVE this idea! It's such a devious way to get the kids' attention. Bwahaha! =)