Saturday, May 14, 2011

Giggle Giggle Quack

Once again we find ourselves at the DCT. This time its my Drizzle Fizzle and Princess and I that got to go. What can I say, this place ROCKS! Before we went and saw this play though we did a little prep work using this PDF: 
and Both of these sites have wonderful teaching material and lesson plans for grades Pre-K-5th. Its always best to know how your kids learn and mine are very much the "need to relate type."  Almost always with every lesson we read about it, do some hands on activities, do some workbook work, and I have to have VISUAL aides with EVERYTHING to real hit home and sink in with them, weather its a movie or a play, just has to be something that draws them in to the lesson at hand.

by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Themes: Humor, Animals, Cooperation,
Problem Solving
Grade Level: Preschool-3

In this hilarious sequel to Click, Clack, Moo,
Cows That Type, Farmer Brown’s animals
pull their old tricks on Farmer Brown’s brother,
Bob. This time, Duck instigates the movement,
ordering pizza with anchovies for the
hens and renting the Sound of Moosic for the
cows. The lively animation and witty ploys
of the animals will keep kids laughing.

• Students will learn about character development
and traits.
• Students will make text-to-self connections
about being left with a babysitter or caretaker.

Read Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
and Giggle, Giggle, Quack to the students.
Talk with students about character development.

Guiding questions:

• What is a character trait?
• Name some character traits of a person you
• How does the author tell us/show us the
traits of different characters?
• What predictions can we make about a
book/video with the same characters? How
do you think they will act? What might they

Ask students to think about a time when they
were left with someone other than their parents
or guardians. Let them swap stories with
partners or small groups about what things
were different when they were with a babysitter
or caretaker. Each student can then share a
funny anecdote from his or her partner’s story
with the whole class.
Students can create a character, using what
they have learned about character traits. After
identifying some physical traits, the students
can illustrate a picture of the character.
Young children can dictate several likes and
dislikes of the character and/or other personality
traits to the teacher; developmentally
ready children can practice writing these on
their own. As an extension, students can take
turns acting like their own or their friends’
Students can write pretend notes to a caretaker
from the point of view of a pet or from
their own point of view. What kinds of directions
would a pet or child leave that an adult
probably wouldn’t?
Bring the students’ attention to the illustrations.
What information do the illustrations
give us that can’t be found in the text alone?
Share different types of comics that have few
words, but are funny and comprehensible
through the pictures. Encourage children to
draw their own comics and add short captions.
Students may alternatively make a
comic or comic strip in which the humor is
expressed through the drawings only. Model
this process and talk about what makes things
funny as a precursor to the activity.
Other humorous animal videos available
from Weston Woods are:
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
The Circus Baby by Maud & Miska
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by
Doreen Cronin, ill. by Betsy Lewin
Curious George Rides a Bike by H.A. Rey
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion, ill. by
Margaret Bloy Graham
The Mysterious Tadpole by Steven Kellogg
This guide may be photocopied for free distribution without restriction

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