National Simultaneous Storytime 2020 has arrived at just the right time this year because, let’s face it, we all need a little pick me up! And boy oh boy have they picked a story that is sure to bring some glitz and glamour to your classroom! Next Wednesday, the 27th of May, at 11 am, join thousands of other primary schools and get ready to be bedazzled with this year’s children’s book…
Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas!
This superb children’s story is utterly dazzling! Throughout the story, your students will meet Whitney and Britney – two gorgeous chooks, fluffy and silky with stunning good looks. And Dora von Dooze, their fox owner, who is perplexed with where her chickens go at night time. Until she finds out… they are the beaut performing Whitney and Britney The Chicken Divas!
Before I begin, here’s something to make you grin…
Download the Funky Chicken template for free.
If you’re looking for some the ultimate upper years resources for this book, read Emma’s blog Diva-Worthy National Simultaneous Storytime Activities 2020 (Upper Years). For the little ones, read on and get excited!
National Simultaneous Storytime 2020
Unfortunately, not everyone will have their very own diva chickens to read this fabulous story. Get the kids at your school excited about National Simultaneous Storytime by having the Principal read the story and the teachers role-playing the different characters – what a hoot!
Alternatively, Emma Watkins from The Wiggles will be reading the story on storybox.com.
The Funkiest Activities for Whitney and Britney The Chicken Divas
After you’ve had a bit of fun with the story, each class can head back to their classroom and enjoy a fun, engaging, and purposeful activity. Here’s a list of 6 outrageously dazzling activities your students will absolutely love!
Click on the activity links to jump to your preferred activity, or keep scrolling for some inspiration:
- Create a Character Profile
- Create a Cute Corner Bookmark
- It’s Rhyme Time!
- Explore Line with Funky Chicken Craft
- Complete a Book Review
- Make a DIY Microphone
Students can pick their favourite character and complete this fun Stage-Themed Character Profile.
In this activity, children are encouraged to think of three ways to explain their chosen character’s outside appearance and what their personality is like, so what they are like on the inside.
Here’s a little preview of this fun resource:
Encourage a love of reading with these gorgeous character corner bookmark templates. Available to download in colour or black and white, these easy to assemble Fox and Chicken Corner Bookmarks are the perfect accompaniment to this delightful story.
This children’s story is full of fantastic rhyming words that your children will notice straight away. Why not create a word search with all of the rhyming words and get students to colour code the words that rhyme. Alternatively, print the words out and have students match up the rhyming words from the story.
Yep, we’ve done it again! We know you guys just love our funky craft templates. So, without further ado, introducing our Funky Chicken template.
Let your students experiment with line by decorating their cute Funky Chicken and then bedazzle with gorgeous glasses, some beautiful earrings and a sparkling tiara!
Use this Stage-Themed Book Review Template with your students to summarise the story. It’s a great way to exercise students’ comprehension skills and give them a chance to review the story.
This template includes:
- book information
- favourite Character
- star rating
- favourite part of the book
- setting description in three words.
There’s no denying that the characters in this amazing story love to perform and sing. So we thought – why not get your students to create their very own microphone!
It’s really simple to do, all you need is:
- paper towel roll
And there you have it! Six dazzling, bright and cheerful activities that your early years students can do after they listen to this fantastic story. This is secretly one of my most favourite days of the year. We hope you enjoy your National Simultaneous Storytime!