Five Little Chicks Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

I am sad that this is one of our last Kindergarten Literature Units,  unless I decide to do more this summer.  I had a few more I wanted to create and do with her, so we will see! 

This one, Five Little Chicks, was inspired by her recent obsession with chickens.

Five Little Chicks Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

I love setting up a central area for our theme focus and my daughter loves it too.  I gather our toys and books together and display them the night before we begin our unit. It helps to draw her in and get her excited about our learning time together. For this unit, we gathered our stuffed chickens, our farm magnets, and displayed our chicken books.

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A very simple sensory tub, with popcorn kernels and little chickens.  The little gold pipe cleaner pieces are worms. She LOVED this tub, and it is still out even though our unit is done.

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We stocked up on chicken books at the library!

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Day One

We began by labeling the chicken

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Painting the chick and the chicken was a favorite, as always!

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Day Two

While I read one of our longer non-fiction books about chickens, she put her chicken together.

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Day Three

Sorting rhyming words…

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Coloring the hundreds chart chick…

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Day Four

Tracing the missing numbers…

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Unscramble the sentence…

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Day Five

Gluing words with the correct picture…

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Greater and less than…

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Sorting coins…

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Day Six

Sequencing the story…

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Comprehension questions…

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All of our work from this unit! Such a FUN unit!

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See our FREE printables for this unit here,

our Pinterest board here,

and our book and toy suggestions here!

Five Little Chicks Kindergarten Literature Unit  Chickens Books and ToysFive Little Chicks Pinterest Board


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Five Little Chicks Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables

Our next Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack is ready, Five Little Chicks  by Nancy Tafuri!  We are technically closer to 1st grade now so I adapted this set to her needs.  It would be a better pack for later in the Kindergarten year for most children.

My daughter has recently developed an obsession with chickens.  I created this unit based on the book Five Little Chicks because of that!

Five Little Chicks Kindergarten Literature Unit


In this printable unit you will find a sample lesson plan.  I provide a lesson plan idea, but even I probably won’t follow this, it is just an idea.  Make this work for you and your child!



For each unit, I am selecting Kindergarten math goals from our list. For this unit I chose greater/less than, numbers 1-30, coin identification, and 100s Chart Mystery Picture.

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Lots of literacy activities; rhyming, sequencing the story, comprehension questions, matching words, unscramble the sentence.

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The science activities: label parts of a chicken, and chicken life cycle. 

Label a Chicken Chicken Life Cycle



The character connection is focused taking care of living things.



Coloring page just for fun!




I share more ideas here on our Pinterest board for this unit.

Five Little Chicks Pinterest Board


See books and toys to go along with this unit.

Chickens Books and Toys


~~>Download your FREE printables here!<~~

Scroll down and look for the Five Little Chicks section and click on “free printables”

We will be sharing our unit study in action soon!  See other units here!



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Tot School ~ Letter P

~Ladybug is currently 38.5 months old~Tot School


Here is her desk set-up for letter P.  I added some letter fun, featuring the letter P using our Letter Construction set, our alphabet peg set, and letter bean bags.  All of our pigs joined the set up this week also.  As usual, she loved this!Summer Learning Kindergarten (3 of 7)

I went with a mild farm theme for her shelves, since we have several toys with a farm theme; piggy bank, Farm Puzzle, Farm Maze, Farm Felt Set, Farm Block Puzzle, Who Lives Where? {it had pigs in it}. Summer Learning Kindergarten (4 of 7)

The printable items are all available here on the Animal ABCs webpage. {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature, letter P is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

Here are some Letter P and Pig ideas for you…


This week we colored pigs together and then cut them up to play hide and seek!IMG_8239

First, I hid them, and she went around finding them and yelling out the colors!  Then she hid them for me!

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It was so much fun, we did the shapes this way too!  She only wanted to do the hiding this time!

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We “snow painted” the letter P…IMG_8189

A little shaving cream play break…IMG_8193

After the paint dried, she glued her piggies on…IMG_8214


Here she is working on Letter Pp Dot Fun, we made mini play dough balls and she smooshed them onto the dots.  This set is included in the Animal ABC Bundle, or you can purchase the set as a stand alone set for $1.25 on Teacher’s Notebook.IMG_8195

Special Note: Please read my post about Following the Child’s Lead if you have a tot and need info about this.  All tots are different and what Ladybug is doing may not be appropriate for your child, even if s/he is the same age!


By FAR, the most played with toy, the farm cube puzzle.  We did this thing numerous times per day.  By the end of the week she was doing them on her own!IMG_8247

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We had a fun  Play Dough day, using our letter P and piggies for some extra fun.IMG_8208

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This farm puzzle was from Target awhile back.IMG_8225

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Matching baby/Mommy farm animals {old puzzles of mine}IMG_8229

Playing with our entire color supply box!IMG_8186

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Ladybug attended her first VBS!  She wasn’t technically “allowed” to go, but I stayed with her so she could sing and see the puppets for the first part.  Since we are at an inner-city missionary staffed church, we have visiting groups lead VBS all summer, this was the first of the summer!


Hanging ith the big KidsI don’t normally buy workbooks, since I make my own printables.  But, Ladybug was wanting to have a workbook of her own, similar to the big boys, so I picked one up for her at Costco!  I got her the Gakken Let’s Get Ready {ridiculous price on Amazon, I got it for $6.79 at Costco}, and she loves it!  She did about 15 pages the first day!

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Ladybug loves our Readeez videos!  Here she was watching the Nursery Rhyme Collection, be sure to enter to win the full set if you haven’t yet!

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Insta-Tot4Ladybug’s week on Instagram, since we are using Instagram more, I am switching the Mom’s Favorite category to “Insta-Tot” .  {I am using Printsgram to make the layout for the week!}

Featuring: her 1st VBS, bed jumping, BIG veggie garden, pet firefly, “sprinkles,” Rolie Polie Olie, “I wanna go sweepovah, Loving Stella, snakes in shaving cream, P is for Pig, petting a bunny, flowers, silly girl, Mommy’s bday, adorable robe.  We are 1plus1plus1, follow us or see all of our photos here!

Ladybug's Instagram Week


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    Easy Readers for iPads and Tablets

    Easy Readers

    I am beginning to create something new,  Easy Readers that your kids can read on your iPad or other device!  You could also print them, but the main purpose in putting these together is to build up a simple easy reader collection for FREE!  So far I have added the following easy reader books…

    Octonauts Easy Reader  On the Farm Easy Reader  Rainbows Easy Reader


    You can download these and any other easy readers I add for FREE here on the Easy Readers Webpage!

    How to download one of my free easy reader books to your device…

    Instructions for iPad, definitely the easiest and most user friendly.  I created the easy readers with my iPad in mind!

    1. Make sure you have downloaded iBooks onto your device.
    2. Open the Easy Readers Webpage, from your device.
    3. Click on the book you want to download.
    4. On my iPad, after the pdf opens there is a little box in the upper right hand corner that says “Open in iBooks” I click that and it brings the book into iBooks and the book stays there! 
    5. Want to read again? Launch iBooks for your child and have fun reading any books you have downloaded!  I made covers for each book with clear graphics so your child can easily see which book s/he would like to choose if you just open your iBooks screen, they appear nicely on the “shelves.”

    Instructions for Kindle Fire, my husband has this so I tested it out-not nearly as simple as an i device.  The PDFs read and scroll fine, but when in landscape mode the page is a bit too large and cannot scroll smaller.  If you turn it to portrait mode, the page is smaller but it show the full page all at once.

    1. Open the Easy Readers Webpage, from your device.
    2. Click on the book you want to download.
    3. After the pdf file downloads, click on the little yellow image shown below, then click on “downloads” {green}IMG_4232
    4. You will then see the file you just downloaded.
    5. In order to have the files STAY on your Fire, you need to follow the instructions to email docs to your kindle email address.  It does not support the graphics on the first page, the pages are just plain. Or you can just go back to your downloads screen, I believe they stay there.

    As for other tablets, I have no clue!  You can experiment to see how PDF files are supported for your particular device.

    Want to Print?

    1. Print at full size and slip the pages into sheet protectors to make your own book.  Tie the sheet protectors through the holes with string, or use a folder with prongs.
    2. Scale down the PDF to make a half or quarter size book.

    I hope to add more easy readers to the collection, Krash and Ladybug are really enjoying the ones we have so far!  Krash has requested Skylanders, Star Wars, and a few more so I better get busy!  These are very easy for him to read, but he loves that.  He is beyond this type of easy reader but it is a nice confidence boost for him.  Ladybug will just be getting into this level of reader soon!