Students will compare and contrast the different anatomies of chicks, hens, and roosters, and discuss why we need all three forms of chicken.


F.I.T. Family books to read at home with parents and younger siblings

  • Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
  • My Life as a Chicken by Ellen A. Kelley
  • Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
  • E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm by Judy Sierra
  • From Egg to Chicken by Anita Ganeri
  • The Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkney
  • Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  • Two Eggs, Please by Sara Weeks
  • Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin




Aston, DH. (2014). Illustrated by S. Long. An Egg is Quiet. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.

Burris, J., Richards, W. (2011). The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing.

Cusick, D., O’Sullivan, J. (2012). Animal Eggs: An Amazing Clutch of Mysteries and Marvels. Waynesville, NC: Early Light.

Donovan, S. (2010). Illustrated by C. Thompson. Does An Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away?:And Other Questions about your Health and Body. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Pub Group.

Ganeri, A. (2006). From Egg to Chicken. Chicago, IL: Heinemann Library.

Gibbons, G. (2003). Chicks & Chickens. New York: Holiday House.

Golson, T. (2009). Photos by B. Fink. Tillie Lays an Egg. New York: Scholastic Press.

Hodge, D. (2010). Photos by B. Harris. Up We Grow! A Year in the Life of a Small, Local Farm. Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press Ltd.

Jenkins, M. (2002). Illustrated by J. Chapman. The Emperor’s Egg: Read and Wonder. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.

Kelley, E. (2007). Illustrated by M. Slack. My Life as a Chicken. Boston, MA: HMH Books for Young Readers.

Miller, E. (2008). The Monster Health Book: A Guide to Eating Healthy, Being Active & Feeling Great for Monsters & Kids! New York: Holiday House.

Schaefer, L. (2013). Illustrated by C.S. Neal. Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.

Singer, M. (2008). Illustrated by E. Stevenson. Eggs. New York: Holiday House.

Sklansky, A. (2005). Illustrated by P. Paparone. Where Do Chicks Come From? New York: HarperCollinsPublishers.

Stiefel, C. (2013). Chickens on the Family Farm. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Elementary.

Weeks, S. (2003). Illustrated by B. Lewin. Two eggs, please. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Woginrich, J. (2011). Photos by M. Vilaubi. Chick Days: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens from Hatching to Laying. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing.

Zoehfeld, K.W., (2012). Illustrated by P. Lamont. Secrets of the Garden: Food Chains and the Food Web in Our Backyard. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.



Kessler, D. (2013). Your Food is Fooling You: How Your Brain is Hijacked by Sugar, Fat, and Salt. New York: Roaring Brook Press.

Kingsolver, B. (2002). Small Wonder Essays. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.

Lehr, S. (1991). The Child’s Sense of Developing Theme: Responses to Literature. New York: Teachers College Press.

Louv, R. (2008). Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

Obama, M. (2012). American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. New York: Crown.

Pappas, C., Kiefer, B., and Levstik, L. (1999). An Integrated Language Perspective in the Elementary School: An Action Approach, Third Edition. New York: Addison Wesley Longman, Inc.

Pollan, M. (2009). The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat, Young Readers Edition. New York: Dial Books.