Hensel and Gretel Ninja Chicks Book Study –
A free literacy center set created by The Curriculum Corner
This humorous book by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez is illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat.
This fractured fairy tale is written completely in limericks and is so fun to read aloud.
In this story, two brave chicks are faced with the kidnapping of their parents by a wicked fox. They learn and practice ninjutsu in hopes of finding and rescuing their mother and father. The story takes the two chicks on their journey that very clearly parallels the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel, but certainly has a more modern spin. The limericks add a funny touch to this book and are very well written with lots of wonderful vocabulary.
This resources presented here are designed to accompany this story and can be used in mini-lessons or at literacy centers. You may want to purchase a few extra copies so students can flip through the book to complete some of the activities and pages.
You can download the set of centers designed to go with this book at the bottom of this post. Click on the bold link.
Hensel and Gretel Ninja Chicks Collection
Task Cards: The first pages of this collection are a set of 13 task cards. These are designed to accompany many of the printables described below and can be used as the directions that you place at each center for your students.
Noticings: This is a blank anchor chart for noticings and/or predictions. This is meant to be used before the reading of the book as you flip through the pages together on a picture walk with your class. It can be used to record details about the illustrations or text presentation of the story, as well as for predictions based on the pictures the students are looking at. We have also provided a student noticings page in case you wanted students to do this activity independently, with partners or small groups.
Flip Book: This flip book is designed to go in an interactive notebook, but doesn’t have to. Students cut the outside shape and then cut on the dotted lines. They will lift the flaps and write about the main character, problem and solution under each of the three flaps. On top they will draw a picture to show each.
Cause & Effect Arrows: This resource is also designed to be placed into an interactive notebook, but again doesn’t have to be. Students choose four events that occurred in the story, think of what caused those events and then sketch a picture to go with the event.
Sequencing Cards: Each of these cards has a sentence about an event in the story. Students can use the book to help them place the cards in the order in which they happened. You could also have students use these cards for fluency practice as well.
Word Work: You’ll find three different word work pages, a syllable sort and a collection of 41 word cards. Use the words for the pages included. The vocabulary for this book is fairly difficult, so we suggest you discuss this vocabulary before or during your reading the book so the students understand their meanings. You might also choose to have students split up all or some of the words to find their meanings before you read the book and share their findings as you read.
Noun Hunt: Students flip through the book to find examples of different types of common nouns on the pages.
Laugh with Limericks: Since this story is written entirely in limericks, give your students a chance to write their own! We have included an anchor chart describing the structure of limericks and five different examples for them to use as models. We have also provided a template to guide students in their writing of limericks in case they need the additional support.
Book Review: These two pages (meant to be copied front to back) provide a space for students to write a book review and illustrate their favorite part.
Respond to Reading: We have included three different page formats that require students to respond to their reading by comparing the story of the Ninja Chicks and another Hansel & Gretel story.
Writing Prompts: There are two different writing prompts to choose from, along with three simple versions of blank lined papers in case students need them for additional writing for the prompts or your own ideas.
Story Maps: There are three different versions of story maps. Choose the one that best suits your students’ needs.
Blank Anchor Charts: In case you have other mini-lessons you plan to teach using this book, print out our blank anchor charts to use as you record key ideas to display in class.
You will find the downloadable resources here:
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