Sunday, January 30, 2011

Chickens to the Rescue 
On Friday I read a very funny book by John Himmelman called Chickens To The Rescue.  My class loved it.  It is a story about a family who needs some help and in come "Chickens to the rescue".  The illustrations are terrific.  We have been working on problems and solutions during our writing workshop and I thought this might be a great lead into some writing.  I gave each child a blank book (2 pages folded in half and stapled on the edge).  We talked about problems that we might have ourselves.  Then I had my class write 3 problems with "chickens to the rescue" as a solution.  We only got to the story creation and haven't added any pictures yet.  My class had fun thinking about trouble they could get into and used their "mental image" to picture their stories.
John Himmelman has a sequel to his chicken book called Pigs to the Rescue.  My plan is to start Monday's writing workshop with this book.  So fun.  I love having my students look at books as writers and use them as inspirations for their own writings.
Have a great weekend and stay warm.
Mrs. Dietsche


  1. I haven't ever seen these books and now I want to find them because they look soooo fun! :)

  2. Thanks for the comment Laurie. These books really are fun. They have very simple text so my kids also have fun reading them. I just love the illustrations:)