Lesson Plan: Three Little Pigs: 5 W’s Reading Comprehension

Jennifer Fanucchi,

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson, students will be able to answer the 5W questions relating to the story, The Three Little Pigs.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  1. Start this lesson by explaining to your class that a story answers five basic questions, also known as the 5 W’s: who, what, when, where, and why.
  2. Tell your students that today, they will be listening to the story, The Three Little Pigs, and answering reading comprehension questions based on what they learn.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Create a 5 W’s story map for the class to see, using the whiteboard, a projector, or an interactive whiteboard.
  • Read the Story of the Frog Prince to your class.
  • Ask your class 5 W questions about the story. For example: Who is in this story? Where does it take place?
  • As the students answer, fill in your 5 W’s chart.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Read the story The Three Little Pigs to the class.
  • As you read, pause periodically to ask questions that will help you gauge student understanding of the story. Some great examples include: What did the first pig build? What happened to the pigs’ homes? Who wanted to blow down the pigs’ homes?

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Pass out a copy of the Three Little Pigs Story Map to each student.
  • Explain to the class that they will be answering the 5 W’s about the story that you just read. For each box, they should draw a picture illustrating the who, what, where, when, and why of The Three Little Pigs.


threelittlepigs_small Lesson Plan: Three Little Pigs: 5 W's Reading Comprehension Education


  • Enrichment: Have students who need more of a challenge write a sentence to answer each question on their Story Map. Or, have the students complete an additional Three Little Pigs Story Map.
  • Support: Have students who are struggling fill in two of the boxes on their Story Map, and help them with the rest.  Download Lesson Plan

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