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)
With its gorgeously textured illustrations, novel die-cut interactives, and deceptively simple text, this concept book is a fun read-aloud to use as a springboard for classroom discussions and writing activities. Two natural topics to explore further with students are:
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
This nonfiction book introduces an amazing variety of eggs and the birds that hatch out of them. Despite the huge amount of textual information that it shares, its consistent format sets a comfortably paced rhythm throughout. For each bird, the first page shows accurate renderings of the eggs with the query, “Can you guess whose eggs these are?” The second page (facing the first) provides additional clues in the form of informational text. Turn the page for a two-page spread that reveals the bird’s identity and provides a bunch more information. The very last page of the book provides a helpful vocabulary list.
Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones by Ruth Heller
Oh I just love Ruth Heller’s books! It seems like any time I want to teach just about anything, she has written and illustrated a wonderful book for that very topic or concept. Part of her World of Nature series, this treasure trove explores the vast diversity of egg-laying creatures. This book was also featured on Reading Rainbow, and you can find the video on YouTube: Reading Rainbow: Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones.
Activities and Ideas:
I thought theHatching Chick Craftwas so cute! Students create the little chickie peeking out of its egg; these sweet projects make a darling class display! TheChicken Life Cyclewould make a very special keepsake, with the handprint for the mature chicken. And how stinkin’ adorable are theEgg Carton Chicks?!?
The pin address that I included on today’s graphic leads to a short (4:30) video of a baby chick hatching from its egg. (The chick hatches out at 2:50 on the video.)
Do you have some sunshiny springtime ideas you’d like to share too? We’d love to have you link up with us! You’ll find a blank template like the one I’ve used to organize my resources in this post, as well as this cute little button to announce your participation.
Thank you so much for visiting today – I hope you’ve found some ideas that you can use!
And for even more ideas, click over to our “Hello Sunshine Spring is in the Air!” Pinterest board: