Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Little Red Hen

January Weeks 1-2

Last week we started a study of fairy tales. This is the part of the year where we can really hone in on retelling skills, comparing texts, and understanding of story elements. Our first story was The Little Red Hen. Here are some of the activities we did.

First, we read a classic story of The Little Red Hen, and made a graph to show whether we would help the little red hen.

I love using stickies for graphs- it's so easy! I assumed everyone would say yes, but I learned I have a lot of lazy kids!

Next, we made a Little Red Hen -EN Word Family craft- the idea comes from Fairy Dust Teaching.

On each egg, we added an initial sound to make a word. Some examples I gave were hen, pen, and den. Most of them ended up being nonsense words, but that's okay too. It prompted a good discussion about what a vowel is, and why the words that started with vowels were so hard to read and sounded so funny! (like een, aen, oen).

Here are the templates I made for this project. Just click on each picture to enlarge it, and then drag it to your desktop to save it.

Next, we read The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza. One of my favorite books!

We made a "Somebody, Wanted, But, So" Story Map.

On Friday, we read Cook-a-Doodle-Doo, and it didn't seem like the kids were too into it. It was quite long and wordy. But we voted on our favorite version of the fairy tale and this one came close to winning! 

To wrap it up, we did an activity where the kids copied my step-by-step directions to drawing the little red hen. I found these directions at Activity Village.

Next is The Three Little Pigs!


Book List

Our Favorite Red Hen books:

The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone




 The Little Red Hen by  Lucinda McQueen


The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges




Cook-a-Doodle-Doo! by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummell

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