My Little Question Time!
What do you know about chickens? Where do they live? What do you know about pigeons? Where do you see them? Can chickens and pigeons be friends?
Look at the cover. Where do you think this chicken is? How do you think she got there?
Show Anna Walker’s book trailer of Peggy. See it here.
Have you been to the city? How did you get there? What can you do there? How is it similar or different to where you live?
What are the four seasons? List them and typical weather features for each season.
What do you notice about the weather changes in the pictures? What season do you think it’s showing here?, etc. How does Peggy feel about being in the city? What kinds of things is Peggy discovering? What is it that reminds Peggy of her home?
What was the same and what was different about the things that Peggy did at the start and at the end of the story? Discuss Peggy’s friendship with the pigeons. How does she feel now about taking a trip to the city?
Complete a Home vs City Venn Diagram, brainstorming similarities and differences (sounds, sights, busyness, things to do, etc) – click Peggy venn diagram to download the pdf.
Variation: Chickens vs Pigeons, Summer vs Winter or Autumn vs Spring.
Listen to songs about chickens.
My Little Learning Time!
– Make a book about seasons, drawing and/or writing about activities you enjoy doing in each season.
– Write a story about an adventure to the city.
– Write a diary entry about Peggy’s day.
Drama / I.T
– Make your own book trailer of Peggy. Include a backdrop showing the different scenery, and puppets or figures to play the character/s. Can be recorded via photos / computer slideshow or video.
See our version here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=C6fwlJxNoMM
– Studying Maps. Look at a map of the city. Discuss orientation and coordinates on the grid. Draw / construct a map or maze showing the journey of Peggy (complexity depends on the level of the child).
– For younger children set up an obstacle course with furniture / objects, representing home, trampoline, buildings, nesting chair, train, and so on.
Use prepositional language to instruct / child to describe where s/he is going. Eg. Sitting ‘inside’ my home, bouncing ‘on’ the trampoline, walking ‘through’ / ‘between’ the buildings, etc.
– Sing about and discuss the months of the year, and the seasons throughout the year.
– List special events on a calendar.
– Make a chart showing activities / routines throughout the day (morning, lunch, evening, night).
– Draw a timeline or clock face of Peggy’s day showing her activities with corresponding clock times.
We made a clock face and used cut out drawings, magazine clippings, and a split pin for the clock hands to create Peggy’s day out from morning to night.
– Use watercolour paint and photos / magazine cuttings to illustrate a scene of your choice.
Box Chicken Coop or City Buildings
– Use a range of materials, including different sized boxes, wooden blocks, containers, bottle lids, fabric, paper, watercolour paint and photos/ magazine cuttings, paste, etc to construct and decorate either Peggy’s home, or the city, or both.
Kite (or puppet) Peggy
Understanding – Recounting the story, ‘Peggy’.
Fine motor skills – Cutting, painting, sticking, tying a knot.
Dramatic role play – Understanding of the character and events in the story.
– Outline beginning, middle and end. What was the ‘problem’ and ‘resolution’?
– To make a Peggy kite or flapping chicken puppet:
Materials: Peggy template, paint or crayons, scissors, ribbon, sticky tape or glue, split pins (optional).
1. Cut out Peggy Kite or Puppet Template (body and wings).
2. Colour with paint or crayons.
3. Sticky tape or glue (alternatively use split pins) to attach the wings.
4. Measure and cut two straws to fit horizontally and vertically on the back of the body. Stick down.
5. Cut a long piece of ribbon and tie to a straw (if making a kite).
6. Peggy is ready to fly away! (or dance away, flap away, strut away, whatever she wants!)
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