Pig the Pug: Teaching Ideas

Pig is a very selfish pug dog. He shares an apartment with a sausage dog called Trevor who sadly is always on the receiving end of Pig’s bad temper. All Trevor wants is one toy of his own but Pig is determined that they are all his.

Book Week 2015

Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey is shortlisted by CBCA for the Early Childhood Book of the Year.

Suitable for junior primary (grades R/F to grade 3) depending on the skills you want to focus on. If looking at social skills the book could be used with students up to grade 5.

Author: Jennifer Ward @ Pika Publishing
Cost: $3.00 USD @ TPT
$3.50 AUD @ Pika Publishing (receive 30% off the price with the code PIGSAVE30)

Literacy: Reading
Time: Allow at least a couple of hours if completing all activities

* coloured pencils
* paper
* scissors

Creator: Phoraminiphera @ Etsy has this adorable and easy to make felt pug PDF pattern for sale
Cost: $7.15 AUD (current as of September 2017)

Literacy: Retelling
Time: 2 x 40 min lessons (depending if you pre-cut materials)
Objective: To create a puppet and use it to retell a story

* felt (2 x colours – tan and brown)
* googly eyes
* stuffing (if making toy)
* glue (making puppet)

How to:
* All instructions are provided in the PDF pattern and are simple enough to follow.
My preference is to use googly eyes though for a bit more fun.

Lesson ideas:
I would use the puppet version to retell the story to younger children or the class. Each student could also use them to create their own new story about Pig.

Author/Creator: Romi @ My Little Story Corner has several teaching and activity ideas for science, writing, mathematics and craft on her page.
Cost: FREE

Time: 1 x 60 min (create and experiment)
Objective: To conduct and accurately record an investigation

* paper
* straws
* sticky tape
* pencils

Creator: Kimberly @ Learn Create Love has this template to print and create of a pug and a dachshund.
Cost: FREE

Time: 1 x 60 min

* paper / cardboard
* googly eyes
* glue

Lesson ideas: 
– After a pug has been made write a list of all the ways Pig behaved badly towards Trevor.

– Write on Pig the moral of the story (if it is in rhyme – all the better!)

– Write a poem (using rhyme) to describe what he was like

– Compare Trevor and Pug using the crafts

Author: First Palette Cube Template
Cost: FREE.

Lesson ideas:
* have each student decorate the box in preparation for Pig giving Trevor a special gift to make up for being so selfish.

* paper
* coloured pencils
* scissors
* glue or sticky tape


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  1. Business Girl
    November 6, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    These ideas are adorable! Looks like a very engaging lesson. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Christine Weis
    November 6, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    This is super cute! I bet the kids will love this lesson! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Deborah Patterson Kim Jungman Fails
    November 6, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    This is awesome!! Thanks for sharing!!]kim

  4. Esther Bobb
    November 6, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    Your lessons are very interactive and an excellent way to increase students interest in reading.

  5. Cheryl and Brian
    November 6, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    I love these ideas! So cute!

  6. Catherine Chasse
    November 6, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    Fantastic and thorough, love the craft ideas to compliment the story!

  7. Tara Dusko
    November 7, 2017 / 1:02 am

    I have a lot of students who love dogs this year. They will love this book and these activities! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Suzanne Ash
    November 7, 2017 / 2:02 am

    I adore this book and love the activities!

  9. Julie
    November 11, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    My students and I LOVE Pig the Pug!

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