Three Little Pigs- Online Discussions with TodaysMeet

posted Mar 4, 2015, 5:35 PM by Patrick Johnson   [ updated Mar 4, 2015, 5:36 PM ]
Today we listened to the story of The Three Little Pigs and discussed the story. 

What makes this lesson unique was how students recorded their thinking about the story. Students used online discussion rooms (which were private and unique to our class) on the website to contribute their thinking to a variety of discussion questions.

Step 1
Students were given the big thinking question (what was the most important lesson from this story) and we watched the Three Little Pigs on Youtube.

Step 2
Students were introduced to a list of 6 questions which included the big thinking question. Students were assigned partners and were given an iPad. Each question was printed out on a sheet of paper and posted around the classroom. Each question also had its own unique QR Code. Below is the list of questions:
-Name some things you can build your house out of.
-If you saw a wolf, what would you do?
-Suppose the 3rd little pig would have not boiled the water. What do you think would have happened?
-Write a question you still have about the story.
-Pretend that you are on of the Pigs or the Big Bad Wolf. Join the room with that character's name. What do you think that character would say now the story is over?
-What do you think is the most important lesson from the story?

Partners were given an iPad. Students went up to a posted question on the wall and scanned the QR code with the QR code reader on the iPad. The code launched a website which launched the discussion room for that particular question.

Step 4
Students logged into our discussion room with their first names and then they added their thoughts and reflections about the question. They also had the opportunity to read other student's contributions.

The discussion rooms were also projected on the whiteboard. I had 6 different tabs open on the browser, each corresponding to the different room. After students finished adding their thoughts to all of the discussion rooms, we reassembled on the carpet to read what people wrote.

Sample responses students made in the discussion rooms:

All of the pigs should of all made a brick home and not be silly and make their home out of wood and hay.

The most important lesson was to do it right the first time.

How long did the wolf try to blow the brick house down?

Why would the first two pigs make unstable houses?

Was the wolf jealous of the pigs because the pigs were very smart?

If I ever saw a wolf I would make myself look big and make a loud deep noise

I would my house out of bricks and roof out of bricks, leaves and sticks.

If I were pig 2 I would make my house out of concrete so it would  be nearly impossible to break.

"Pig1 and Pig2 I think you should build stronger houses," said Pig3.

"I want to become a vegetarian right now," said the Big Bad Wolf.

"It was a bad idea to build my house out of straw next time I'll build it out of titanium," said Pig1.