Three Little Pigs, "not by the hair of my chinny, chin, chin!"

WebQuest for Grades 3 - 4, WebQuest Agricultural Series by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University


Perhaps you have heard the story about the Three Little Pigs. As the Big Bad Wolf tries to get the pigs to let him come in their house they say  "not by the hair of my chinny, chin, chin."  In this story we really don't learn about the pigs themselves. Our task will be to research and describe the Three Little Pigs. Do pigs really have hair on their chins?

Your task is to learn about three different breeds of pigs from the following list; Berkshire, Yorkshire, Hampshire, Chester White,  Duroc, and Landrace. This is just a partial list, as there are many different breeds of swine. Where do they come from? Where are they raised? What do we get from raising pigs? Why do people raise pigs? What is a pig like? You are going to write a paragraph about three of these pigs describing their characteristics such as color using as many descriptive words as you can.

Step 1: Read the handout from your teacher.

Step 2: Take an Internet "Farm Tour" to see where pigs live. (Click on Take a Farm Tour)

Step 3.  Play "Pick the Pork" game to see what foods come from pigs.

Step 4: Use this site to learn all about the cuts of meat for pork.

Step 5:  Use this site to look a the most popular breeds in the United States.

Step 6: Read what pigs eat along with other interesting facts at this internet site.

Step 7:  Complete the four assignments below.

Assignment 1: Write a descriptive paragraph about each of the three pigs you chose from the list of six above. Use complete sentences. Include what type of farm they are living on. 

Assignment 2:  Draw pictures of your pigs as you have described them.

Assignment 3:  On a piece of writing paper write a detailed explanation about where pigs live and what their basic needs are. In the next paragraph tell what pigs eat. In the final paragraph list three things that we get from pigs other than meat and a helpful item.

Assignment 4:  Go here to get two fun food facts about pork. Put your fun facts on this outline of a pig.


Even though we only explored a few swine varieties, you now know some of their characteristics.  You learned about the different kinds of farms they live on and what they eat. You saw some of the foods that we get from pigs. Did you find out if they have hair on their chins?

Rubric for The Three Little Pigs Projects


10 pts.

8 pts.

6 pts.

0 pts.

Knowledge and Description of pigs

Student demonstrates full knowledge and writes a complete description of pigs selected.

Student is at ease with content, but fails to elaborate on description of pigs.

Student is uncomfortable with content and fails to elaborate on description of pigs.

Student does not grasp information and fails to write a description of the pigs

Uses correct spelling and punctuation.

Paragraphs have no errors in punctuation, capitalization, or spelling.

Paragraphs have one or two punctuation, capitalization, and spelling errors.

Paragraphs have three to five punctuation, capitalization, and spelling errors.

Paragraphs have three to five punctuation, capitalization, and spelling errors.

Pictures of pigs are colored and detailed.

Pictures are colored neatly with lots of details.

Pictures are colored but lack details.

Pictures are colored but no details.

Pictures are not colored and no detail.


Work is neatly done.

Work has one or two areas that are sloppy.

Work has three or four areas that are sloppy.

Work is illegible.


Photos are from the Agricultural Research Service, the research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. The images are in the public domain.

This WebQuest was created by teachers participating in Missouri's Agriculture in the Classroom program at Missouri State University through a USDA grant.  The template on this site was adapted from a template from The WebQuest Page and the original was designed by Dr. Lyndon Irwin.  Assistance for this project was provided by Mrs. Barbara Irwin, M.S. and Mrs. Diane Olson, M.S.

Teachers are encouraged to adapt this lesson for classroom use only.  No part of this publication may be transmitted, stored, recorded or published in any form without written permission from Missouri Farm Bureau.

This page was developed by Deborah Richardson, reviewed by Lyndon and the late Barbara Irwin and is maintained by Missouri Farm Bureau. Please address questions to Diane Olson at Missouri Farm Bureau