Monday, March 29, 2010

Countdown to Easter: Day 2

Who can resist cuddly looking chicks at Easter-time?

Joosse, Barbara.
Higgledy-Piggledy Chicks.
January 2010.
HarperCollins Publishers.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

It's springtime at the barnyard and we all know what that means - baby animals! Readers will learn what happens in order for baby chicks to be born, beginning with Mother Hen brooding, or thinking of a family. From there, they quickly learn that the eggs are laid and then must be sat upon to keep warm, allowing the chicks to develop for 21 days before they are born. Once the chicks are born, readers learn just how much work babies can be, as Mother Hen has her hands full with the seven chicks in this story!

This is a wonderful springtime/Easter story introducing young children to the life cycle of a chick in the most simplistic of ways! Although it is written as a fiction title, with a little work (and the activities below), there is plenty of factual information to learn!

Learning/Reading Activities:
  • Watch this video that shows chicks hatching.
  • Teach children the life cycle of a chicken using the Life Cycle worksheets, which can be downloaded here and here.

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