Act Out The Three Little Javelinas

  • storyboard and story figures for The Three Little Javelinas (3 houses, 3 javelinas, 1 coyote, tumbleweeds, cactus, girl with sticks, man with adobe bricks, stove with stovepipe)
  • adobe
  • cactus
  • coyote
  • dust storm
  • javelina
  • stove
  • tumbleweed
  • whirlwind

MA Standards:

English Language Arts/Literature/RL.PK.MA.2 With prompting and support, retell a sequence of events from a story read aloud.
English Language Arts/Literature/RL.PK.MA.3 With prompting and support, act out characters and events from a story or poem read aloud.

English Language Arts/Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners during daily routines and play.

Head Start Outcomes:

Approaches to Learning/Cooperation An interest and engagement in group experiences.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Reading and Literature Listen to, recite, sing, and dramatize a variety of age-appropriate literature.

English Language Arts/Reading and Literature Relate themes and information in books to personal experiences

Act Out The Three Little Javelinas

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Skill Focus: Imaginative Play, Recall and Retell, Sequence, Vocabulary

After modeling how to retell the story of The Three Little Javelinas with a storyboard and the story figures, encourage individuals and small groups to use the materials to retell the story on their own. Ask questions to help children retell the story in the correct sequence. If possible, videotape any performance so children can watch their own shows.

English Language Learners: When role-playing, pair English language learners with strong English speakers who can pantomime to help explain any words or concepts.

Adaptation: Groups with varied ages may wish to pair older and younger children so that the older ones can help the younger ones follow the sequence and make up dialogue.

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