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Chicken Dance

Last updated Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Author: Tammi Sauer
Illustrator: Dan Santat
Date of Publication: 2009
ISBN: 1402753667
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Mar. 2015

Synopsis: Meet Marge and Lola, chickens on a mission: to win tickets for the Elvis Poultry Show! But their toughest competition—a pack of menacing ducks—sneers that "all a chicken can do is bawk, flap, and shake." Can our two feisty chicks show those quackers how to rock ’n’ roll the barnyard?

Note to readers:
•  There are dance moves inside the front/back covers.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you like to dance? Show us your smoothest moves!
•  Have you ever performed in a talent show?
•  Who is your favorite musician or band? Have you ever seen them perform (on TV or in concert)?

•  coop - a cage or small enclosure or building for housing poultry
•  wattle - a piece of loose skin that hangs from the neck or head of some birds
•  totter - to move or walk in a slow and unsteady way #waded - moved slowly or with difficulty, often through a substance like water or mud
•  ashore - on or to the shore of an ocean, sea, lake, or river
•  bumble - to act, move, or speak in an awkward or confusing way
•  crooned - sang in a low, soft voice
•  lunge - a sudden forward movement

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What did Marge and Lola do to prepare for the barnyard talent show?
•  Why did Marge and Lola begin to dance?
•  Why did Elvis Poultry choose Lola and Marge to join him in the show? What did they call themselves? ("The Chicken Dancers")
•  If you were appearing in a talent show, what would your talent be? Bowling, juggling, tightrope walking?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a dancing chicken with moving limbs. For ideas, see the following: http://krokotak.com/2013/02/paper-hens/ OR : https://www.pinterest.com/pin/381820874634264852/.
•  Create a poster of Elvis Poultry or your favorite musician(s).
•  St. Patrick's Day crafts: http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/49728/st-patricks-day-crafts-activities-add/.


Special activities:
•  Can you "bawk" like a chicken?
•  Dance with Marge and Lola! Follow the moves inside the front/back cover, or BAWK and FLAP and SHAKE in your own way!

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!