Teachers ; Melissa Quinones, Rosa Colon, Jose Mora, Daniel Freire, Elizabeth Escalona,
By Doreen Cronin
Pictures by Betsy Lewin
Betsy Lewin is the illustrator of many books for children. Including Araminta’s Paintbox, which was an American Bookseller “Pick of the lists,” and Snank Alley Band, which was a Child magazine Best Book of the year. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two cats.
This story is about a farmer who name is Farmer Brown he lives at a barn he has a problems. His cows like to type all day long
But that’s not it the problem gets bigger because the cows start sending him letters….
(The cows) (The barn) (Farmer brown)
Before Reading; We will sing Farmer Brown (re-mix) then have the students finish the song when we are done with the story.
After Reading; Then have the students write a letter to Farmer Brown and put it on a poster board.
After Reading; Next we will have a box with the letters from the story and have the students read them out loud.
Farmer Brown had a barn (E-I-E-I-O) At first he couldn’t believe his ears (CLICKETY,CLACK MOO ) And then the cows were typing words (E-I-E-I-O) The farmer couldn’t believe his eyes, There was a letter on the barn. (E-I-E-I-O) On that letter he had read, We are cold, We are cold, We are cold, We would like some electric blankets. Then the farmer said (no-no) no, no, no (no-no) no, no, no (no-no) no, no, no You can’t have electric blankets Then he heard another sound (CLICKETY,CLACKMOO) , (CLICKETY,CLACK MOO ) And then the farmer couldn’t believe his eyes, There was another letter, then he went crazy. (C-R-A-Z-Y),(C-R-A-Z-Y),(C-R-A-Z-Y) The farmer went crazy.
1.) What is the MAIN CONFLICT in the story ? A. The duck wants to be friends with the farmer because like that he can help him plant seeds B. The cows want to get blankets because they’re cold, but in order to get it they must convince the farmer C. The cows are going to construct the barn and needs the duck to write a letter to the farmer letting him know what tools they need D. The duck, hens, cows all write letters to the farmer
2.) How does the farmer’s character CHANGE from the beginning to the end of the story? A . ) By finally being convicted and giving the cows what they want B.) By cleaning the farm and buying the cows a typewriter C.) By being nice to becoming demanding D.) By giving the duck the typewriter and giving the cows a toy
3.) What words best DESCRIBE the cows? A.) Sweet and Cuddly B.) Selfish and Bossy C.) Hyper and Convincing D.) Demanding and Persistent
Before Reading Story
Looking at the cover of the book what do you think the story is going to be about?
Where do you think the story is going to take place?
What do you already know about cows, hens, and ducks?
(Cow) ( Hen) (duck)
During Reading Story
Do you think farmer Brown is going to give the cows an electric blanket? Why or Why not (pg.9)
What do you think the cows are going to type next?(pg.9)
If farmer Brown doesn’t give the hens blankets, what can they go on strike for ?(pg.14)
After Reading Story
What do you think convinced farmer Brown to follow the cows and the hens demands?
Do you think farmer Brown satisfied all the farm animals? Why or Why not
What was your favorite part of the story and why?
What do you now know? We are trying to solve a multi-step equation.
How are you sure you know it? I’m sure that I know it because I have done this skill before.
How are you going to remember it? I will remember it by giving examples and doing it hands on.
How would you teach story elements? I would teach story elements by letting the numbers be the players on a team. And the letters be the positions. Then I’ll group all the positions together on one side (=) and all the players on the other side of the equal sign and then determine how many players play each position.