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Chickens
Submitted by: Charity, Maud Marks
Audience
• Toddler • Pre-school
Books
Fancy That by:Pamela Allen
Little Red Hen hatches her chicks to accompanying barnyard noises.
Good for toddlers and pre-school.
The Rooster's Gift by:Pam Conrad
Young rooster thinks his gift is making the sun rise, until one morning when the sun rises w/out him.
Too long for toddlers.
Bob by:Tracy Pearson
While looking for someone to teach him how to crow, a rooster learns to sound like many different animals and finds that his new skills come in handy.
The Chick and the Duckling by:Mirra Ginsburg
A chick tries to do the same things a duckling does.
Good for toddlers.
Zinnia and Dot by:Lisa C Ernst
Zinnia and Dot, self-satisfied hens who bicker constantly about who lays better eggs, put aside their differences to protect a prime specimen from a marauding weasel.
Too long for toddlers.
Songs
My Old Hen
on CD: Animal Folk Songs for Children and other people
My old hen?s a good old hen
She lays eggs for the railroad men
Sometimes one sometimes two
Sometimes enough for the whole darn crew

Chorus:
Cluck old hen, cluck I tell you
Cluck old hen or I?m a gonna sell you
Cluck old hen, cluck I say, cluck old hen or I?ll give you away

My old hen cluck and scqua
She ain?t laid an since way last fall
Cluck old hen cluck and sing
She ain?t laid an since way last spring
Los Pollitos
on CD: Lirica Infantil con Jose Luis Orozco vol.4
Los Pollitos
Los pollitos dicen ?pio pio pio?
Cuando tienen hambre, cuando tienen frio
La gallina busca el maiz y el trigo
Les de la comida, y les presta abrigo.

Baby chicks are singing ?peep peep peep peep peep
Mama we are hungry, Mama we are cold.?
Mama looks for food, Mama looks for corn.
Mama feeds them dinner, Mama keeps them warm.
Hand motions for the song:"cuando tienen hambre" (rub your stomach)"cuando tienen fr?o" (cross your arms and shiver) "la gallina busca el ma?z y trigo" (move your head up and down)"les da comida" (extend your open hand)"y les presta abrigo" (hug yourself)
The Hens in the Coop
sung to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus"
The hens in the coop go cluck, cluck, cluck,
Cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck
The hens in the coop go cluck cluck cluck
All around the farm.

The chicks in the yard go cheep cheep cheep?

The rooster on the fence goes ?cock a doodle doo??
Ten eggs
Five eggs and five eggs (hold up fingers)
that makes ten
Sitting on top is mother hen (fold one hand over other)
Crackle crackle crackle (clap)
What do I see?
Ten fluffy chicks
as yellow as can be
Over in the Barnyard
sung to the tune of "Down by the station"
Over in the barnyard
early in the morning
see the little chickies
standing in a row
See the busy farmer
Giving them their breakfast
Peep, peep, peep, peep
Off they go.
Craft
http://www.animalvetcenter.com/chicken.gif chicken picture to color
Other
other books to display and/or read:
Chicken Little Count to Ten (Margaret Friskey)
This Little Chick (John Lawrence)
Dora's Chicks (Julie Sykes)
The Little Red Hen (John Escott)
The Chicken Book (Garth Williams)