Schema: stranger danger
Sequencing: Days of the week are the names of the children. Sequence four events that move the story forward.
Cause and Effect: Because the children let a stranger in, they were turned into food.
Drawing Conclusions: The mother asks each child what they would like from the store. When a witch turns the children into food, the mother must draw a conclusion as to which child is which food in order to get her children back.
Classifying: Make a classification chart placing each child in a separate section or column. Write what they wanted from the store under their name. Add underneath each child what each child was turned into by the witch. Ask students if they can conclude how the mother knew which food was which child by looking at this information. The clue is that each child wanted an item that went with serving the food they were turned into.
Text-to-text connection: The Three Billy Goats Gruff has a troll that is thrown into the river and never heard from again.
Text-to-Self Connection: Parents tell children to not let a stranger in and to not “touch” fire when they are home alone.