It’s true what they say: pigs are beautiful! Curious young minds will love learning about their habits in this picture book which combines story with information.
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Can you think of other stories that feature pigs? Could you write a new story about a pig?
- Think of a mnemonic to help you remember how to spell ‘beautiful’.
- The author of this book used to be a farmer and he loves pigs. Can you write a story about an animal that you love?
- The first page of the book is written in the first person. Can you rewrite this page in the third person?
- Some people might think of pigs as ‘monstrous and frightening’. Can you think of words that mean the same as or the opposite of this?
- Make a shape poem about a pig, in the shape of a pig (see Resources below).
- Think of some thought / speech bubbles for the pigs in the illustrations.
- Look at the words in the index. Can you use these to make a glossary that explains what they mean?
- Listen to the audio version of the story. Can you record your own narration using expression, sound effects and music?
- Think of some questions for an interview with a farmer.
- Use the facts in the story to make a quiz about pigs. Can you use these to test your friends after they have read it?
- Monty weighed six hundred pounds. Think of things that might weigh a similar amount.
- Can you convert six hundred pounds into a different unit of measure?
- Piglets are expected to be born after three months, three weeks and three days. How many days is this altogether?
- Look at the different breeds of pigs on the inside cover illustrations. How are these similar / different?
- Can you write a report about pigs? What habitat do they like to live in? What do they eat? Use the information in the book to help you.
- Many pig breeds are rare and need to be protected. Why is this? How can we protect endangered animals? Make a persuasive poster to encourage people to help with this.
- Label a photo of a pig to show the different body parts (see Resources below) or label your own diagram.
- There are lots of facts about pigs in the story. Can you find out some interesting facts about an animal of your own choice?
- The inside of a pig is ‘pretty well exactly the same’ as a human. How else are they similar? or different?
- Use art software to create a picture of a pig.
- Make an animation of a pig walking.
- Record a video that teaches people about pigs.
- Make a pig cover for a programmable toy. Can you move it between different parts of an imaginary farm layout?
- Could you make a model of a pig using art and craft materials?
- Can you design a pig mask?
- Look at photos of pigs and use these as the starting point for your own pictures (see Resources below).
- Can you think of any songs about pigs? Could you compose your own?
- Find the location of farms in your area. Are any of them pig farms?
- Plan a visit to a pig farm. How will you get there? What route will you take? How long will the journey last?
- Some breeds of pig are named after places. Can you find these on a map?
- Draw a map of a farm. What buildings and places will you need to include on your map?