A (Short) Teacher Video on Introducing Classroom Behavior
by Tatiana Florival
“The kids thought [Interrupting Chicken] was hysterical!” —Suzanne Klagholz
Suzanne Klagholz from Frog Pond Elementary in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, loves using Interrupting Chicken to kick off a conversation with her students about expectations for classroom behavior—and to share a big laugh together!
Suzanne reports that her students sometimes get so excited during Interrupting Chicken that they can’t help but interrupt, just like the little red chicken in the story! But after finishing the book together, Suzanne and her class have a productive and lighthearted conversation about positive behavior and how to treat one another with respect.
Watch Suzanne’s Scholastic Book Clubs–exclusive teacher review video to discover what kinds of lessons you can create around Interrupting Chicken, including:
• A Behavior Chart: Reward students for displaying “Respectful Chicken Behaviors” (and avoiding “Interrupting Chicken Behaviors”) by giving them a small prize from a prize box.
• Character Analysis: Students can use a Venn diagram to compare Papa Chicken and the little red chicken.
• Sequence of Events: Students can use sentence strips to put the events of the story in order.
• Active Listening and Inferencing: While reading Interrupting Chicken, students can listen carefully to Papa Chicken’s words to imagine why he asks the little red chicken, “You won’t interrupt tonight, right?”
How do you plan to use Interrupting Chicken with your class? We’d love to hear from you! If you’re able, please share with readers and other Scholastic Book Clubs teachers on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
INTERRUPTING CHICKEN. Copyright © 2010 by David Ezra Stein. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.