Jillian Jiggs Activities

By: Lisa Murphy

We had a Phoebe Gilman day to celebrate this wonderful Canadian children's author in our grade one class. We had a pig morning and a pirate afternoon.

 

 

 

 

In the morning we read the book The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs by Phoebe Gilman.  The children were asked to bring in the following items in order to make their very own pigs:  ribbons, tights or nylons, buttons, laces, thread, large needles for sewing feet and button noses, marabou, doll hair, stuffing, google eyes fabric, felt, and any other craft items that they thought would make good ingredients for their pigs. I asked them to label their materials either for ______'s pig or materials to share.  I also asked the children to discuss with their parents what kind of a character they would like their pig to be.  They were asked to decide beforehand whether they wanted to make a pirate pig, a princess pig, a Martian pig, etc.  They then came to school with a plan.  The children first chose a stocking or sock, stuffed it with cotton batten, and tied a knot for the tail, independently.  Next, they were to choose all their materials keeping in mind their pig's character.  Finally, with the help of four wonderful parent volunteers and their glue guns, the children worked one on one to create their pigs.  We ended up with many princess pigs, a Queen pig, several Oiler pigs (Tommy Salo and George LaRoque to be specific), a magical wizard pig, a car racing pig, a kitty pig, a Santa pig, a martian pig, an Edmonton Eskimo pig, an angel pig, a scuba diver pig, and a New Jersey Devils pig.  They turned out so well and the children were so excited to take their creations home. 

 

After this has been done, a few ideas for written projects are a description of your pig and an adventure story with your pig being the main character.

 

 

This wonderful activity was created by Kathryn Stuart who was a student teacher in Connie Cackett's class.  We are continually learning from our student teachers, it is definitely a win win arrangement.

 In the afternoon we read Grandma and the Pirates.  I divided my class up into four pirate bands - Emeralds (green), Sapphires (blue), Gold (yellow), and Rubies (red).  They wore bandanas of their band color around their heads.  The bands then went on a treasure hunt around the school.  This was a culmination activity to topic A, My School, in Social Studies.  Each band received a treasure map, a map of St. Monica school, and their first clue.  I made sure in making the groups that their was one fluent reader in each group.  The clues were folded inside of paper that again matched their band/bandana color.  They were given specific instructions that they could only open clues of their color.  Here were some of the clues:

Treasure Hunt 

Emeralds

1.      Go to the room that you can see the library through windows.  Take 5 steps in to find clue 2.

2.     Go to where all the other grade one classes exit.  Look for the blue animal box and you will find clue 3.

3.     Go to the room where we used the scooters.  Look for the word Like and you will find clue 4.

4.     Go to the room where the teachers eat lunch.  Take 8 steps in to find clue 5.

5.     Go to the room of the kindergarten teacher who was not here last year.  Look on the small blue door for clue 6.

6.     Go to the room where Crystal lives.  Look around your desk for your treasure.

Sapphires

1.      Go to the room where there is a lot of La La La.  Look for a music note to find clue 2.

2.     Go to the room that you can see the library through windows.  Take 10 steps in to find clue 3.

3.     Go to the place where you hang your coats.  Look under the bench for clue 4.

4.     Go to the room where you take the attendance.  Look on Mrs. Heuver’s door for clue 5.

5.     Go to the room that has a lot of balls.  Look for a carrot to find clue 6.

6.     Go to the room where Crystal lives.  You will find your treasure close to your desk.

Gold

1.      Go to the room that has 2 basketball nets.  Look on the doors to the other grade one classes to find clue 2.

2.     Go to the place where you hang your coats.  Look where the crazy carpets are to find clue 3.

3.     Go to the room of the kindergarten teacher who was not here last year.  Look for a fireplace to find clue 4.

4.     Go to where all the other grade ones exit.  Look on the garbage can for clue 5.

5.     Go to the room where there is a lot of La La La.  Look for Re to find clue 6.

6.     Go to the room where Crystal lives.  You will find your treasure at your desk.

Rubies

1.      Go to the room of the kindergarten teacher who was not here last year.  Look on an orange square for clue 2.

2.     Go to the room where you take the attendance.  Look on Mrs. Nolette’s desk for clue 3.

3.     Go to where all the other grade ones exit.  Look for the crazy carpets and you will find clue 4.

4.     Go to the room that has 2 basketball nets.  Look for the word Bloom.  That is where you will find clue 5.

5.     Go to the room where the teachers eat lunch.  Look where the milk would be to find clue 6.

6.     Go to the room where Crystal lives.  You will find your treasure at your desk.

The treasure at their desk was a Halloween surprise as Halloween was a few days away.  The children had a blast with this.  I told them we would do it again for an Easter Egg Hunt.  However, I found my clues too easy and not enough of them.  I would suggest that you make it more challenging so it lasts longer.