Chicks and Ducks: A First Grade Differentiated Unit
Sandy Kaschak and Rosemary Slocum

Several of the first grade classes learn about nature first hand through an integrated unit about the hatching of chickens and ducks.  This differentiated project provides lessons using multiple intelligences to meet the needs of all students. The multiple intelligences include:  spatial (art, computers), musical, verbal linguistic (speaking), bodily/kinesthetic (sports, sensory), logical mathematical (math), interpersonal (working with people), intrapersonal (working alone).
    Nine of the activities were based on the story about  The Little Red Hen.  The children completed all of the activities.  Each lesson includes the standards that drive the teaching.

Story Map created in Kidspiration

 In this activity, students will create a story map about a chick or duck using shapes created in  Kidspiration.  The stories will have the following components:  character, wanted to, but, so.   Then they will print out their completed stories and cut around the shapes. The shapes will be pasted on either a duck or chicken cutout depending on which fowl they wrote about.

Chicken and Duck ABC Quilt

 In this activity, students will design chick and duck “quilt blocks” for each letter of the alphabet dealing with ducks or chickens. The blocks will be made using Kid Pix.  The blocks will be printed and then taped together to create an ABC chick and duck quilt.

Go Red Hens Math Project

 In this activity, students will read a simple eight-page book called  “Go, Red Hens! , which is about 11 hens.  They will work in teams.  Each team will take a page of the book, study what is happening on the picture and write a number story about that page.

The Hen and Sly Fox 1 and 2
(Lesson 1)

 In this activity, students will be exposed to eight difficult vocabulary words from the story in a multi-sensory approach that will help them read the story and understand it more easily.

The Hen and Sly Fox
(Lesson 2)

In this activity, students will apply what they learned in Lesson 1 to help them get meaning from the story vocabulary lesson.

Six Speckled Hens

 In this activity, students will read the chant “Six Speckled Hens,” and then do a number of different activities with the chant.

Think Tac Toe
Activity 1:  Read The Little Red Hen in Sunshine.
 The students will read The Little Red Hen in the reading series, Sunshine.  Some students will read the story independently and some will read it through guided reading. They will answer written questions concerning the characters, the setting and the steps it took for Little Red Hen to bake bread.

Activity 2:  Read The Little Red Hen from the Literacy 2000 Series.
 The children will follow the same procedure as they did when they read the story in Sunshine.

Activity 3:  Complete a Venn Diagram comparing the two books
 The students will use the two written responses from the two Little Red Hen books.  They will complete the Venn diagram showing how the two books are the same and how they are different.

Activity 4:  Write a story about what the Little Red Hen did the next day.
 The students will think about what the Little Red Hen did the next day after she baked her bread.  They will illustrate their story.  Then they will look at a rubric that each child will be given and monitor their writing and illustration against the rubric.
Activity 5:  Complete a  Kidspiration activity.
 The teacher will discuss different kinds of animals, reptiles, fowl and insects and discuss which ones lay eggs.  A file will be set up on the computer for each child with a template.  Each child will have a turn at  going to their file and looking at the pictures on the template.  They will decide which ones lay eggs and move those pictures to the large box on the screen. Then they will write the name of each picture.
Activity 6:  Complete a Syllable-type paper.
 The teacher will review the following syllable types:  open, closed, magic e and talkers.  Fourteen words from the Little Red Hen story appear on a paper that reviews the four syllable types.  A syllable-type chart appears at the bottom of the paper.  The children must look at each word and decide which column it goes under.
Activity 7:  Complete a math word problem.
 The students will be given a word math problem dealing with the characters from The Little Red Hen.  There will be a series of four steps to help them solve the math questions.

Activity 8:  Follow a recipe and bake bread.
 Under the guidance of the teacher, the students will bake bread following sequenced steps.

Activity 9:  Act out the story of the Little Red Hen.
 The class will be divided into three groups.  Each group will decide how they want to present their version of The Little Red Hen to the other groups.  They will use paper plates to draw pictures of their characters.  Each group will act out their play without a script.  Pictures will be taken of each group with the digital camera.  Then the children will go to the computer lab, select the photo of their group and write about it.