Click, Clack, Moo    Cows That Type

    Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type written by Doreen Cronin
    Pre-K - 5
    Pre-K  - 5 Suggested questioning and activities:
    This innovative and smart story introduces children to the concept of bargaining and compromise. Using the tools at their disposal, the cows worked hard for their basic needs. Skills and smarts add up to a successful outcome. Another concept explored here is the basic rights of individuals. In understated but clear terms, young readers are led to question Farmer Brown's authority and inherent right to the milk and eggs. Sound a little serious for a kid’s book? Take another look. The fabulous watercolors and crisp text of the typewritten notes will woo young readers. And the hilarious ingenuity of the courageous cows and hens will inspire and amuse.
    Before Reading:
    -Discuss ways we (humans) communicate with each other: Email, Telephone, Talk, Write, Type...
    -Now Discuss ways in which animals communicate: bark, jump, yelp,
    -Ask your students if they have pets? How do they know when a pet wants something?
    -Ask: What would it be like if animals could talk? What might a horse or chicken have to say to us?

    *Discuss personification: when an author makes an animal or object take on characteristics of people.
    -Ask your students to name some of the stories that they have read where the author uses personification. List the stories. Examples may be: The Three Little Pigs, Clifford the Big Red Dog, If you Give a Mouse a Cookie...
    -Show the students the cover of the book. Read the title. Ask the students if they think that the author will use personification in this book? What makes your students think she will use personification? Examples given may be: The title of the book: typing is not something cows do in real life.

    Before and After Reading Vocab:
    farm barn cow moo type
    note message blanket milk door
    work hen eggs day dock
    pond night feed morning board

    (Click to play the story)