What's So Great About Pet Pigs?
Plenty, as you'll soon find out!
Students will select details from an infographic to support a main idea.
Main Idea and Supporting Details
Main idea and supporting details, reading for information, evaluating
This article and lesson support the following standards:
Common Core anchor standards: R.1, R.2, R.7, W.2, W.3
TEKS: 3.12a, 3.16b, 3.20
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- Project the infographic as students follow along in their magazines.
- Prompt students to use the headline, subhead, and central image to identify the topic of the infographic.
- Have students look over the labels and images surrounding the central image. Ask:
- How are they related to the central image? (They provide details about the main idea.)
- Break students into groups to read each section of the infographic and discuss what they find interesting, surprising, or convincing.
- Come back together as a class and ask volunteers to summarize the main idea and supporting details from the infographic.
- Preview the writing prompt in the Think and Write box.
- Download and distribute the guided-writing activity that goes along
- with the infographic.
- Have students respond to the writing prompt.
Have students create their own infographics!
Here’s an important fact to share with your students: While “teacup” or “mini” pigs are popular pets right now, and they are adorable, there’s no such thing as a teacup pig! The cute, tiny pigs you see in pictures are just piglets. Even the smallest pigs still grow to be as much as 150 pounds!
Try hosting a classroom debate about whether or not pigs make good pets. Sharing the fact above may change a few students’ minds and make for an interesting discussion.
Make your own infographic
Your students can make infographics about their ideal pet using this free app featured on our blog, the Storyworks Ideabook!
Cute on command
If your students want to see some proof of how smart pigs are, check out this adorable video of a pig performing tricks!