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There's a Pig in My Class!
by Johanna Thydell
Charlotte Ramel, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823431687 | 07-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Animals/Fiction, Acceptance & Belonging, Friendship, School
Recommendations: A, K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
W. 2.1, 3, 5
SL. 2.1, 1a-b, 2, 4, 6
RL. 2.1-7, 10
RF. 2.3, 3f, 4, 4a-c
L. 2.3, 4, 4a, 5, 5a-b, 6

About the Book
Pig was the loneliest pig in the world, locked in his pen while the children played in the schoolyard behind him. But suddenly, Pig can't believe his own curly tail! The children have disguised him in a sweater, pants, and a hat; and he's made it inside their preschool classroom. Everyone is having a blast, but how can Pig's new friends keep the teachers from finding out about him?

This delightful picture book expands the definition of inclusion and shows the joy that comes from all kinds of friendships.

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Explain the who, what, where, when, and why of the story. (Story elements) RL.2-3.1
2. How does the story change from the beginning to the end of the book? RL.2-3.2, 5
3. How do the characters respond to challenges in the story? RL.2-3.3
4. Explain how specific aspects of the book's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story. Do the pictures create mood, or emphasize aspects of a character or setting? Use evidence from the story to explain. RL.2-3.7 / W.2-3.2