When I heard the theme of our first Hello Sunshine linky was going to be Spring is in the Air, I immediately started to think of all those adorable babies being born this time of year. Baby lambs, baby bunnies, baby... chicks!
Few things get our little learners more excited than the anticipation of hatching chicks. I'll never forget when my son John was in kindergarten, he had the most amazing teacher. She guided her sweeties through all sorts of integrated learning adventures with that magical incubator full of eggs serving as the thematic focus. Of course she had them writing up a storm, and my boy wrote the most darling journal entry declaring his true heart's desire -- that his mom would let him take one of the little fluff-balls home. (If you ever meet my son, please don't ask him what my answer was - I think that will always be a sensitive topic!)
I've collected several hatching-chick related ideas and resources to share with you today. (These are also on our Spring Pinterest board; I've included a link at the end of this post.)
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Caldecott Honor Book, Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book, and New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of 2007)
a) Word Pair Relationships - The author pairs words and uses a "First... Then" format. How does she decide on words to pair together? What are some other words that we can put together in this format?
b) Cycles - The author starts with "First the EGG," and by the end of the story comes back full circle to "Then the EGG." How does she do that in a way that makes sense? Can we show the cycle on a graphic organizer? Can we make up our own story with a similar structure?
Hatch! by Roxie Munroe
Chickens Aren't the Only Ones by Ruth Heller
Activities and Ideas:
I thought the Hatching Chick Craft was so cute! Students create the little chickie peeking out of its egg; these sweet projects make a darling class display! The Chicken Life Cycle would make a very special keepsake, with the handprint for the mature chicken. And how stinkin' adorable are the Egg Carton Chicks?!?
Thank you so much for visiting today - I hope you've found some ideas that you can use!