NEWS FLASH
Big Bad Wolf Wrongly Accused in the "Crime of the Century"
A WebQuest for Second Graders

Introduction    Task    Resources    Ohio Academic Content Standards

Process    Evaluation    Conclusion    Citations


Introduction

Alexander T. Wolf was sentenced in the case of "The Three Little Pigs" nearly six years ago. Since then, new evidence has been uncovered, and the judge has allowed the case to be re-opened. Could Mr. Wolf have been framed, as he claims to have been? Or have the Pig brothers been telling the truth the entire time?


Task

It is your job as a detective to prove if in fact Mr. Wolf was framed or guilty. In order to prove this, you must do the following:
· Reconstruct the crime scene with the authentic material (straw, wood, and brick).
· Reenact the crime scene in a class play.
· Gather "testimonies" from both sides of the case (Pig brothers vs. Alexander T. Wolf)

 


Resources
· Different building materials (straw, toothpicks, and legos)
· Glue
· Tape
· Venn diagram (one for each student)
· Pencils
· Weisner, D. (2001). The Three Pigs . New York: Clarion Books.
· Computer : Mac or PC
· Access to Internet via Netscape or Explorer
· Internet sites (bookmark these websites):
· http://www.hiyah.com/library/three_pigs.html
· http://hometown.aol.com/rcswallow/TruePigs.html
· http://www.mcps.org/ces/ca/3pigs/3pigsac.html



Ohio Academic Content Standards

Language Arts Performing Objective Writing Grade Two:
4. The learner will use computers with greater efficiency to support language development.

Language Arts Performing Objective Writing Grade Two:
2. The learner will produce written material that demonstrates knowledge of grammar, mechanics, and usage appropriate to the learner's level of instruction, as evidenced in part by the capacity to:
a. Self-correct spellings of high-frequeny words on final draft;
b. Correctly use capital letters on final draft (beginning of sentences and proper nouns);
c. Correctly use end punctuation on final draft.


Process:

Follow these steps to complete your quest:

Background Information:

-As a class, read The Three Pigs by David Wiesner .

1. Read one version of The Three Little Pigs by visiting: http://www.hiyah.com/library/three_pigs.html. Fill in information about the story in the Venn diagram.

2. Visit the following site
http://hometown.aol.com/rcswallow/TruePigs.html to read The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by John Scieszka. Fill in the information from this story in the Venn diagram.
Compare and contrast the differences in "testimonies" between the two stories to see who infact is telling the truth in this case.

4. Visit the following site with a group of classmates: http://www.mcps.org/ces/ca/3pigs/3pigsac.html . The teacher will assign each group a different building material (straw, toothpicks, or legos) in order to re-build the crime scene.

5. Work as a team to build the house. When each group is finished, use a fan to simulate the huffing and puffing of Alexander T. Wolf in order to see if he was, infact, able to actually blow the Pigs' houses down.

6. Read the skit from The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, from the site: http://hometown.aol.com/rcswallow/TruePigs.html. Then write whether you think the wolf is guilty or innocent and why you think that way. (Write at least 3 sentences)

7. With your classmates, hold a trial using the information gathered from the various "testimonies" from each side. Your teacher will assign roles in the trial, and you and your classmates will be able to use the information gathered in their Venn diagrams and from the crime scene rebuilding activity to use as evidence in the trial.


 


Evaluation

You will be evaluated by your teacher using the following rubric:

Areas of Evaluation Excellent Satisfactory Needs Improvement
Followed Directions
3
2
1
Stayed on Task
3
2
1
Used complete sentences in writing tasks
3
2
1
Completed all tasks
3
2
1

 

 


Conclusion

Hurray! You have completed your Three Little Pigs quest! Remember, there are always two sides to every story! Do not always believe what you hear, because you can't always be sure of who is telling the truth!

 


Citations
· Weisner, D. (2001). The Three Pigs . New York: Clarion Books.
· Graphics retrieved from http://www.google.com

www.cvm.uiuc.edu/safepork/ (pig image #1)

www.organicsatcost.co.uk/ family%20farm%20club.htm (pig image #2)


Created by Laura Flowers, Spring 2002
Bowling Green State University Graduate Student
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