Beloved illustrator J. P. Miller's graphic, colorful farm animals seem to jump right off the page--but they aren't jumping to help the Little Red Hen plant her wheat! Young children will learn a valuable lesson about teamwork from this funny, favorite folktale.
I think this is a great book to remind kids that helping others always benefits them in one way or another.
In the classroom, I would have a discussion that helping others is always the right thing to do. I would ask the children what they do to help their family and friends out. As a group, we could plant a flower and throughout the year, let each child take turns watering the flower.
I can relate to this because it seems I am always the one getting stuck doing all of the work in group functions. Sometimes I do not mind working by myself, however it does bother me when other people take credit for what they did not do. At times, I want to be just like the Little Red Hen and not share my bread.
A lesson to be used from this book is introducing the classroom chores to the students. Teachers could explain that unlike the Little Red Hen we will all give a hand in keeping the room tidy and clean. Another lesson to teach children is the importance of teamwork. If everyone completes the tasks together the end product will be more rewarding.
My girls always feel sorry for the hen when no one will help her. Even on their own, they could see that it wasn’t fair that the other animals wouldn’t help the hen with the work, but then wanted to eat the bread.
Because this book is written for younger children I would probably have a discussion on helping others. I might also have the students draw a picture of a person that they help.
I enjoyed reading this book because of the illustrations. It had a cute story line and a good lesson. The point is you have to do your part and work together.
In the classroom, we as a class would make bread in a bread machine. Each student would do their part in helping such as measuring the flour, water, etc. Also, as part of physical activity we could act as if we were jumping or stomping on wheat stalks while listening to music.
In this story the Little Red Hen ask her friend to help her plant, cut, and grind her wheat. They all refuse to help her. She then asks them to help her bake the grain into bread. Again they refuse. She asks who will help her eat the bread and all her friends shout that they want some of
I love this story because the Little Red hen works so hard and at the end she gets the reward she has worked so hard for.
I would use this in a lesson about friendship. What does it take to be a good friend? I would have my kids tell me a time when they were not so helpful to their friends and what they could do better next time?
I would also use this in a lesson about manners. Was it okay for the hen to not share even though her friends didn’t help her? I would have the class come up with their own ideas about sharing.
Personal Response: I grew up reading the Little Golden Books so the nostalgia of it gets me every time! I hope my own daughter keeps this tradition alive by someday reading classics like this to her own children.
Extension: 1) Teaching children the value of working hard instead of hardly working by doing a class garden you could literally teach the kids you reap what you sow. 2) Ask them to make a list of things their own moms do around the house and have them come up with ways they could help out.
I can personally relate to this book because there have been times when I have asked for help but no body wanted to help. I can also relate to dog, cat, and duck because when I was younger my mom would want my help and I would not help so I did not get the reward at the end.
In the classroom, I would have the students rewrite the end of the book on if they were Hen, would they share the bread. I also might bring in ingredients to make some bread of our own.
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2. Food Experience
I enjoy this story because of the predictable verse after each section. This story also has an important lesson and that is of responsibility and community involvement. "We reap what we sow" we do not get a free ride. If you work hard you get the rewards of the work you do.
Story extenders could be #1: pretend making bread in the playdoh center. #2 provide each student with a canned biscuit and let the child shape the dough and them bake them. #3 the children can play act the story. #4 during group discuss what helping means. Make a chart with each child’s name and let the child tell how they can help a school AND how they can help at home. Write their words on the chart.