Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Don't Be An Interrupting Chicken

In kindergarten we are continuing to work on appropriately using our voices, see My Mouth is a Volcano post, and not interrupting when others are talking.  I found another adorable picture book that clearly illustrates the difficulty of having self control.

What's nice about Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein is that it easily opens up a discussion about why we interrupt.  In the story, the little red chicken tries to help the characters in the fairy tales out by spoiling the ending.  Children are often told "Don't Interrupt!" but not explicitly taught alternatives.  After reading the hilarious story, we thought about the reasons why we interrupt.  It was easy to use the little chicken in the story as a springboard for this discussion.  Then, we came up with alternatives for when we're tempted to shout out what we're thinking.

Students then completed a handout that had them think about why the little chicken interrupted her papa's story telling.  They came up with 3 ideas the chicken could try next time.

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