Springtime is upon us!!!!! and that means it's time for ‘life' in the classroom. Are you studying life cycles this spring?
If you are, you are going to love this book by Gail Gibbons, Chicks and Chickens! This book is filled with fascinating details about chickens and amazing illustrations.
I have a FREE Book Companion for you and your student. You will find the download link below.
Gail Gibbon's non-fiction books are the perfect launching pad to weave learning across the curriculum. Here are a few ways to use this book:
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
Her books are loaded with non-fiction text features… so let's go on a non-fiction text feature hunt! Your student will love searching through the book in search for ‘just one more'!
Writing a paragraph about the life cycle of a chicken can be a little overwhelming to some students. However, teaching them that writing is a process and providing graphic organizers to lead them through the process will result in happy little writers with quite amazing paragraphs – and writing skills to apply to new writing opportunities.
This 4-flap booklet makes the perfect (and cute) organizer to collect information about the stages to the chicken's life cycle. When students have completed the pre-write flap book, the rough draft will be a snap with this graphic organizer.
Who wouldn't be eager to write a rough draft using the pre-write flap book and this graphic organizer that even has suggested transitions! (and did I say cute?!)
Rubrics and checklists with transform your students' writing! The process of going through rubrics and checklists help your students to become reflective writers and take more responsibility in their writing, which also translates in greater satisfaction and positive view of themselves as writers.
And now (drum roll, please) your students are ready to publish! I have provided two options for the publishing step – we all love a choice – right?!
We've been doing science! Your students learned so much about science while they were writing!
Are you wanting to delve deeper into science with chickens? There is the adventure of hatching chicks awaiting… hop on over to this blog post, Hatching Chicks 101 to find out how.
There are a couple freebies over there for you too.