Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip is once again brought to us by CKA co-president Debra Weller.  She begins by reading the book Chicks and Chickens by Gail Gibbons to her class.

To make the project, you will need:

  • tan construction a paper
  • scissors
  • glue sticks
  • feathers
  • small red, yellow, and white construction paper rectangles
  • lined paper
  • a chicken shaped stencil (could easily be created by printing out a chicken shape, then cutting it out and tracing it)


Debra begins by modeling the writing of the facts about chickens on the white board.  She then has her children copy the sentences. They cut the yellow paper into 5 strips and construct a nest.  They fold the white paper in half and draw three eggs, cut them out and glue them on the nest.  Then, they cut out the chicken shape and glue it on top.  They cut off two corners of the red paper – one for the beak and one for the eye.  She models how to draw a comb  and a wattle from red scraps and the children make their own.  After they glue those on, they add feathers.

Looking for some more resources to teach about chickens? Check out these titles: