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Click, Clack Moo — Cows that Type
Classroom Activities
About the Book
Click, Clack Moo is funny and canny and has an understated message about the power of words. Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. But his real troubles begin when they start to leave him notes!

2001 Caldecott Honor Book

Before Reading the Book

Animals, Animals, Animals

  1. If at all possible, arrange for a field trip to a local farm, small zoo, or even a pet store — any place where students will have a chance to observe animals. If this is not possible, show your students a video featuring animals, preferably in the wild.
  2. At the farm, zoo, or store, ask students to pick one particular animal to observe.
  3. Have students record, in their journals or on pieces of paper, what thoughts and feelings the animal might be experiencing.
  4. Ask students to support their conjectures with physical evidence — the movements of the animal, how it behaved, the sounds it made, etc.
  5. Back in your classroom, have each student give a brief oral report on his or her chosen animal.
Read Together
  1. Read Click, Clack Moo — Cows that Type aloud to your class.
  2. Each time a note is illustrated, stop reading.
  3. Briefly show your students the page on which the note appears (don't allow students to actually read the note).
  4. Ask students for guesses as to what the note says.
  5. When each student has had a chance to guess, proceed with the story.
  6. Before turning the last page (after the ducks' message), ask students to predict what the last illustration will show.

Classroom Activities

If My Dog Could Type!
Cows aren't the only animals with important things to say!

  1. Ask your students what might happen if a household pet could talk. If they don't have a pet, ask them to imagine they do and to think about what that animal might think.
  2. Ask students to write letters from the pets to themselves. What types of things might the pet be concerned with? What might the pet want to change about the household? Would the pet be happy or crabby? Silly or serious? Why? Provide letter-writing help if necessary.
  3. Have students share their letters aloud with the class.
  4. Post letters on your bulletin board.
If I Were Farmer Brown
Farmer Brown eventually gives in to the cows' demands, only to be taken by surprise by the ducks.
  1. Have students think about what they might do if they were faced with a similar situation. Would they give in to the cows and chickens? Why or why not?
  2. Ask students to think about other ways Farmer Brown might have met the cows' demands. Could he have heated the whole barn? Knitted the animals sweaters? Students should be creative as possible.
  3. Ask them to think about ways in which Farmer Brown might address the ducks' concerns.
  4. Have students write a short story about how they would have responded to the cows, chickens, and ducks if they were in Farmer Brown's shoes.
A Message for My Parents
What if students could ask their parents for anything?
  1. Have students think about one thing they would like to change at home. Would it be a later bedtime? Better breakfast cereal? More family time?
  2. What arguments can students offer in support of each request?
  3. Ask students to imagine being the parent or guardian who receives the letter. How feasible is it for them to grant the request?
  4. With your help, have students craft letters to their parents or guardians. Have them be as concise and yet as persuasive as possible. Ask them to anticipate each objection the parent might have and answer it in the letter.
  5. As a class, discuss each letter and talk about how likely it is that the request will be granted.
  6. Compare the subjects of the letters. Are there many similarities (many kids asking for the same thing)? Why or why not?

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