Audience gets to choose who is believable
The pigs won again.
First grade students learned about point of view and presented two versions of “The Three Little Pigs” – one from the point of view of the pigs, the other from the point of view of the wolves – and let the audience vote on which version they believed.
Students in the class at Pinon Hills Elementary School taught by Susan Neuffer and Catherine Pellegrino were working on a unit on pigs – they studied pigs and mammals and geography, did math activities and read children’s literature with pig characters.
They read “The Three Little Pigs” and “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.”
“We discussed point of view as it applies to the students’ personal lives (i.e., an argument on the playground), and then applied it to the two stories,” Neuffer said. “By developing story maps and comparing and contrasting them, the students were able to define where and how the stories differed.”
Neuffer rewrote the stories in a play format, and each child was assigned a part. A graph was created to keep track of the number of votes each version garnered.
The audience for the two plays were parents and students in a 1st grade class taught by Paige Coziahr.
“Before our performance began,” Neuffer said, “we discussed with the audience what point of view was and that after the performance, they would each be choosing whom they believed. After the performance, students chose a wolf or pig picture and glued it on our graph.
“The pigs won.”
Not only was the students’ involvement in the play fun, they learned many new skills that will help them meet the district’s new academic competencies, the teacher said.
These skills ranged from full body interaction with text to learning to read in a fluent manner. They also learned speaking techniques such as volume, eye contact, clarity and enunciation, posture, use of props and prompts.
Parents of the students helped with creation of costumes and during rehearsals.
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