By Phyllis Howard and Mariann Cigrand
First, read aloud In Pigs Will Be Pigs by Amy Axelrod. Then invite children to write and illustrate their own page for an adorable literature-based collaborative book.
The Pig family wants a snack, but there’s no food in their refrigerator and no money in their pockets. Together, they search the house for change and round up enough money to “pig out” at their favorite restaurant. Before you begin, ask students what they know about pigs. Introduce the term pig out and discuss its origin.
Writing & Art
Write the following prompt on the board: “I like to pig out on __________.” Distribute the student writing pages and have children respond to the prompt. Encourage more proficient writers to include additional details, such as why they like the food they chose. Ask: “What does it taste like? Is it nutritious? What do you like to eat or drink with it?” Invite children to add an illustration