I take Owen to story time at our local library. Today we heard this fun story, it was new to me and I loved it! It was full of silliness and opportunities for children to join in; but mostly I loved it because it would be wonderful to introduce or practice the story elements – Problem and Solution.
Basically this story is about the Greenstalk’s – a farm family who run into a myriad of problems, but luckily their flock of chickens always comes to the rescue, until the end of the story. The events take place through a week, so it is another chance to reinforce the names of the days of the week. This would be a fun story to act out. You could make headbands for the characters using pictures like these. You could make as many chickens as you’d like to include more children in the retelling.
These directions are to make a mask, I would just staple the chicken head onto a paper strip for a headband.
Here are the farmer, his wife and their two children from the story. There is also a duck and a cow.
Here are printable versions:
After reading this book a few times I would show the children pictures of the problems that occur in the story, and each of the solutions. After reviewing story elements, I would remind the children that most stories have a problem that needs to be fixed. I would encourage the children to make two columns of pictures – ones that show a problem, others that depict a solution.
Here are sorting words:
I put the problem and matching solution on the same page, if you print them just cut them apart. I always glued pictures like these on construction paper to make them a little more durable.
After sorting the pictures into the problem or solution columns, I would ask the children to match each problem with the right solution.
I would discuss all the ways these chickens were problem solvers in the story. I might lead into a writing activity:
Since this book ends with the pigs solving the final problem it would be easy to do a new story as a class, thinking of problems that the pigs might solve. Of course it would be titled Pigs to the Rescue!
At story time today the preschoolers made this very simple chicken project – it was fast and very cute. If you plan to display the children’s writing these would look great next to their writing paper.
The comb was made by tracing Owen’s hand, then we folded it in half and taped it to the back of the small (6 inch) paper plate.
One child at story time had read this book before, as soon as the librarian turned to a picture of the group of chickens he started yelling “Chickens to the rescue!” Soon they were all joining in. It was so fun!