Pig the Winner Classroom Guidance Activities

I adore all of Aaron Blabey’s books featuring Pig the Pug, and they are great for school counseling topics and lessons! I got to incorporate Pig the Winner into a recent lesson with 3rd grade as we were talking about sportsmanship and one-upping each other. The students were giggling through the whole book and were able to quickly point out all the ways in which Pig is not such a great sport. Afterward, we did some good sportsmanship centers to drive the point home! Keep reading to find more details about this lesson and the Pig the Winner activities:

Pig the Winner Book Companion Activities: Sportsmanship Classroom Guidance Lesson

Warm Up:

To kick off the lesson, we read Pig the Winner. Then we talked about:

  • What actions did Pig take that showed poor sportsmanship?
  • What words did Pig say that showed poor sportsmanship?
  • How do you think Pig’s poor sportsmanship made Trevor feel?


Small Group Activities:

After this, we went into small group explorations of what good sports look like, sound like, and feel like.

  • Slam Dunk Sport or Fouling Out? In this activity, students review behaviors and decide if they show good sportsmanship or not. Students usually start out laughing over how outrageous some of the actions are, but they end up talking about “that one time when…” some of the situations really happened recently.
Pig the Winner Activities: Who's a worse sport than Pig?! You'll love these sportsmanship centers for your sportsmanship classroom guidance lesson!
  • Self Assessment In this center, students take some time to evaluate themselves. They review statements and circle the statements that are true for them (some statements have a basketball to indicate they are good sportsmanship while others have whistles to indicate they are not-so-great sportsmanship). Then, they see if they have more basketballs or whistles and talk with their small groups about the areas where they may need to improve a bit.
Pig the Winner Activities: Who's a worse sport than Pig?! You'll love these sportsmanship centers for your sportsmanship classroom guidance lesson!
  • Does a Good Sport Say That? In this center, students work together to sort statements. Once again, some students start to notice some phrases they may have uttered, and that’s okay! I remind the students that these activities aren’t meant to make anyone feel bad, but they are starting point for us all to learn and make improvements.
Pig the Winner Activities: Who's a worse sport than Pig?! You'll love these sportsmanship centers for your sportsmanship classroom guidance lesson!
  • Photo Booth This center was a big hit! I gave students blank speech bubbles to write good sportsmanship statements on. Then, I took their pictures holding the speech bubbles. I’m using these to make a bulletin board near the recess area as a reminder of what good sportsmanship sounds like!
  • Good Sport Practice Finally, what’s a sportsmanship lesson without some practice? For everyone’s favorite center, I set up an inflatable football goal with an inflatable football (thanks, Target!) and let students throw the ball into the field goal from a seated position. The rules: they had to encourage one another, be okay with missing, and be gracious when they made a goal!

Wrap Up:

To end our lesson, we talked about some of the statements or actions that students noticed they might want to work on. We brainstormed alternatives and all set a goal to show good sportsmanship in different areas (whether it is an organized sport, recess, or even a family game night).

What are your favorite new books?

I’m loving Aaron Blabey’s collection, and these Pig the Winner activities were a big hit with my 3rd graders! Leave your favorite new books in the comments below and check out all of my favorite book activities on my blog!

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Pig the Winner Activities: You'll love these sportsmanship centers for your sportsmanship classroom guidance lesson! Great for second grade, third grade, and fourth grade counseling activities on teaching kids how to be a good sport. Your 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade classes will love these sportsmanship activities!

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