Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Book Talk Tuesday!

I'm linking up with Mrs. Jump for another Book Talk Tuesday!

Today I'm sharing a fun one that my kiddos LOVED read aloud the past 2 years. 2 years ago I read it as part of our enrichment group reading block and we answered comprehension questions. Last year I read it as a just for fun book. Used in both capacities it was very well liked!

This is a hilarious book about farm animals who decide they are sick and tired of their food. When the chickens complain about their chicken feed, the rooster decides to solve the problem.

After seeing the farmer and his wife cooking Mexican food, the rooster assigns the chickens to find ingredients in the garden for salsa.

 The other animals start to decide they are tired of their food too...

And before they know it... there is a fiesta happening in the barn!

 I promise your kiddos will be laughing and asking to try guacamole by the time you're done reading Chicks and Salsa.

Reading Level: DRA 12
Guided Reading G
Lexile 1010L

Resources for teaching...

Web Resources

  • Discussion Questions & more: This school website offers discussion questions and many across-content ideas for this book!
  • Sequencing Lesson: This step by step lesson is geared towards 1st grade with an objective that students will be able to sequence the events in Chicks and Salsa.
  • Comprehension Questions: This link provides page by page questions to ask while reading
Vocabulary:  Here are some words you may want to teach... aroma, satisfied, cuisine, sombrero, plod, succulent, fiesta, pilfer,
Check out this link to a vocabulary game freebie for Chicks and Salsa

Before Reading:
  • Access students' background knowledge with questions such as:
    • What do you know about cooking? Have you ever cooked with an adult?
    • What are some interesting foods you've tried?
    • Do you ever get tired of the same food?
    • What is your favorite food or meal? 
During Reading:
  • While you read this story aloud, stop to ask comprehension question such as those on this freebie...
  • As different foods are mentioned, ask students if they have tried these foods before.
After Reading:
  • Have students complete the comprehension worksheet above.
  • Ask students to create a story sharing what the animals will try to make next.

Across the Curriculum:
  • Use this book as a part of a Social Studies unit where students learn about their family's culture and food that is associated with that culture.
  • Make salsa or guacamole with your students!

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  1. Wow!! Thank you for such a detailed post. These are great resources!


    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! Can't wait to check out your blog too!

  2. Sounds like it would be a fun read before heading into the kitchen.


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