Share this delightful counting book with your class and then try some of our suggested classroom activities!
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Could you create your own counting story that follows a similar structure?
- How many different adjectives can you find in the book (e.g. famished, silent, sharp, angry). Can you make a list of other adjectives?
- Retell the same story using longer sentences or paragraphs on each page.
- Retell the story from the fox’s point of view. Could you tell it from the chickens’ point of view too?
- Stop reading the book after ‘Six silent steps’. Discuss what might happen next. Could you write your own ending?
- Write a set of instructions to teach people how to look after chickens.
- Write a recipe that uses eggs.
- As you read the story, count the different things that are mentioned.
- How many different animals are mentioned in the story? How many eyes do they have in total? How many legs do they all have?
- Find out more about foxes and write a report about them.
- Retell the story (or your own counting story) in the form of a Powerpoint / multimedia presentation. Could you add photos of your own illustrations and record audio to accompany the text?
- Design a game in which a fox has to catch some chickens… or in which the chickens have to chase the fox away.
- Create a model of a fox.
- Could you design a new, safe hen house for the chickens?
- Read the author’s note at the back of the book to find out how she created the illustrations. Could you use a technique to create your own images?
- The story is full of suspense and makes you want to read on to find out what happens next. Could you compose a melody to accompany a reading of the story?
- Create a dance / performance which tries to retell this story.