Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type reinforces the themes of cause & effect, communication, perspective, problem solving and creative thinking. The book promotes conversations about our own rights and those of others in a democratic society.
Farmer Brown has a big problem. His cows found an old typewriter in the barn and all day long Farmer Brown hears click, clack, moo. He doesn’t understand what is happening until he relieves a letter demanding electric blankets to keep them warm at night.
When Farmer Brown refuses their demands, the cows leave another note to say they are going on strike. “Sorry. We’re closed. No milk today.” In the next letter, the cows raise their demands and request electric blankets for hens. The farmer again refuses and the hens refuse to lay eggs.
Farmer Brown cannot run his farm without milk and eggs, so he sends a letter. He tells the cows and hens they don’t need electric blankets and they should do their job. After an emergency meeting, the cows reach out with a compromise, they will return the typewriter if they get electric blankets. Duck, a neutral party, delivers the letter.
Farmer Brown agrees to the compromise and leaves the electric blankets. He waits for the duck to return the typewriter but instead gets a letter demanding a diving board for the duck pond.
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Click, Clack, Moo Series
- Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust: Barnyard Protest: Cows & Chickens & Fundamental Freedoms
- CPalms: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type First Grade Close Reading Lesson
- Read Works: Lesson 4: Distinguishing Fiction and Nonfiction
- Teaching Ideas: Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type Teaching Ideas and Resources
Read aloud sessions are a wonderful way for children to understand the connection between written text and spoken language. You can model reading habits and strategies, reading fluency, tone and eye contact. You can also introduce different genres, authors and illustrators.
- What do you think Doreen Cronin wants us to learn from reading Click, Clack Moo, Cows That Type? What did you learn?
- What do you think about the cow’s demands for an electric blanket? Was it a reasonable request?
- How does seeing the notes in the illustrations help you further understand the story?
- Do you agree with the cow’s decision to go on strike? Why/why not?
- Do you agree with how the cows and duck acted to get their demands met?
- What do you think Farmer Brown learned from this situation?
- Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type is about standing up for your rights and those of others. Why is it important we look out for the rights of others?
- Why was it important that Farmer Brown and the animals compromised?
You can find a set discussion cards on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Book Trailers & Videos
Books by Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin
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