Title: Farmyard Beat
Lindsey Craig (Author)
Marc Brown (Illustrator)
Comprehension Strategy: Making Connections
Art Modality: Music
“Chicks can’t sleep. Chicks can’t sleep. Chicks can’t sleep ’cause they got that beat!” The sounds of the farm animals create a lively beat that keeps Farmer Sue, the chicks, sheep, and other farm animals awake. (Summary from book.)
Peep! Peep! Peep-peep-peep! Early childhood teachers...Your little chicks might not be “reading” yet, but they are sure to get the beat of books with this fun farmyard chant. Here’s a reading lesson that will have your pre-readers making connections, predicting and making music. First, drag the box of rhythm instruments out of the back of your school’s supply closet. Kindergarten teachers, beg your music teacher to loan you a set. Next, have your kids help you match up the instruments you have with the animals in the story so each animal is represented by one instrument.
Here are some ideas:
sound it makes
Peep! Peep! Peep-peep-peep!
TAT! TAT! Tattity-tat-tat!
rhythm sticks or drum
SWISH! CLANK! Swish-swish! Clank!
sounder or whistle
When your students are familiar with the rhythm and sequence of the text, have them join in by playing the appropriate instrument as each animal gets the beat. Pretty soon your class will be like the farmyard...you’ll all “fall in heap! Asleep!” Naptime!