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the little red hen lesson plan

Updated on July 7, 2015

The Little Red Hen

Grade level: Pre-K

Topic: Language and Literacy Development, Mathematical Development, Scientific Development, Social Studies Development, Creative Development, Heath and Physical Development

Short lesson overview:

Teacher will read the story The Little Red Hen as a large group. Students will then discuss the story and talk about similar experiences. A class chart will be made of favorite foods as well as class books and bulletin board displays. Students will further relate to the story as they engage in center time activities that center around events in the story.

Standards Correlation:

LD1c Listens to recordings and shows understanding through body language or by interacting appropriately.

LD1d Listens to stories read aloud and shows understanding through body language or by interacting appropriately.

LD4d Uses language to pretend or create.

LD5a Demonstrates an interest in books or stories.

LD5c Exhibits book-handling skills.

LD5f Dramatizes, tells, and retells poems and stories.

LD6a Experiments with a variety of writing tools, materials and surfaces.

LD6b Uses scribbles, shapes, pictures, letters, or other forms of writing.

LD6c Understands that print is used to communicate ideas and inform (writing for a purpose).

LD6e Uses left to right patterns.

MD1e Begins to understand concept of part and whole using real objects.

MD4b Uses classroom materials to create shapes.

MD5b Uses mathematical language to describe experiences involving measurement.

MD5e Measures the volume of objects using non-standard or standard measurement.

SD1b Uses senses to observe and learn about objects.

SD1d Uses simple equipment to experiment, observe and increase understanding.

SS1a Begins to understand family structure and roles.

CD1a Experiments with a variety of materials and activities for sensory experience and exploration.

CD1b Uses materials to create original work and for self expression.

CD2b Participates in group singing or other musical activities.

CD3a Participates in dramatic play to express feelings, dramatize stories, reenact real-life roles and experiences.

CD3b Recreates a story or poem through drama.

HPD2a Performs fine-motor tasks that require small-muscle strength and control.

HPD2b Uses eye-hand coordination to perform fine-motor tasks.

Essential Question:

How do I use measuring tools for baking?

Key Skills:

Students will:

· Listen to, retell, and recreate stories.

· Practice writing for meaning by copying recipes.

· Use measuring tools to explore volume in the classroom.

· Use their senses to explore flour and scented play dough.

· Participate in music and movement activities.

Materials and Resources:

· The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone (Clarion Books, 2001)

· Wiggle and Whirl, Clap and Nap CD by Sue Schnitzer (2005)

· Chart paper

· Markers

· Crayons

· Magazines

· Scissors

· Glue/glue sticks

· Paper plates

· Food stencils/cookie cutters

Introduction (Activating Hook):

Read The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone and encourage students to share cooking experiences they have had with their families/friends.

Step-by-Step Procedures:

1. Make a chart list of favorite foods students like to help prepare at home.

2. Encourage students to create pictures of their favorite foods.

a. Students may draw pictures of foods on a paper plate.

b. Students may cut pictures from magazines and create a collage on a paper plate.

c. Students may use stencils/cookie cutters to trace and color foods on a paper plate.

3. Help students label their food items.

4. Use the paper plates to create a class book or decorate a bulletin board titled “Our Favorite Foods”.


Read “Our Favorite Foods” class book.

Centers Suggestions:


· Scented play dough (this can be made from your favorite play dough recipe and scented using drink mix powder, or it can be purchased from a variety of school supply stores), rolling pins, cookie cutters, and mini muffin pans.

o Photos and notes of comments as students explore.

· Animal sponges, paint, easel paper, and paintbrushes: encourage students to create using these tools.

o Work sample and dictation as students describe/label work.


· Food box blocks: stuff empty food boxes with packing peanuts or newspaper and tape to seal the boxes. Encourage students to build with these unique blocks!

o Photo and notes as students build and “read” the boxes.

· Fill the baking pan: provide baking pans in a variety of shapes and sizes and encourage students to use unit blocks to fill them.

o Photo and notes as students use problem solving skills.

Dramatic Play

· Puppet Theater: cat, dog, mouse, and hen/chicken.

o Photo and notes/Video as students tell stories.

· Home Living: apron, broom and dustpan, wash cloths, play dishes, baking supplies (mixing bowls, mixing spoons, measuring cups, measuring spoons, baking pans, oven mitts), and recipe books.

o Photo and notes/Video as students role-play.


· Listening Center: The Little Red Hen. You may choose to purchase an audio copy of the story, or use a tape recorder and make your own.

o Photo and notes of students using technology.

· Writing Center: Blank recipe cards, pencils, pens, and cookbooks. Encourage students to copy recipes from cookbooks onto recipe cards.

o Work samples.


· Print and cut a picture of a cake, laminate for durability. Encourage students to put the cake back together.

o Photo and notes of student progress/video.


· Gardening: garden gloves, rakes, watering cans

o Photo and notes/video.


· Discover: stalks of wheat and magnifying glasses

· Sensory tub: flour measuring spoons, measuring cups, mixing spoons, mixing bowls

o Photo and notes/video.

Music & Movement

· “Down to the Baker’s Shop” by Sue Schnitzer: hop around town with the fun tune!

o Photo and notes/video.


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