From book to performance - using Rosie’s Walk in an English class for young learners

Teachers who’ve been to my workshops know how much I like improvision and student devised stories. For younger students I really like using the book Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins. Also, this works really well if you're preparing students for Trinity Stars If you don't know the story, I've added a link of an animated story of the book at the bottom of the post. At first glance, it seems quite a simple story, but the more you read it, the more ways you'll find to exploit it in an EFL class for younger learners. The plot is very simple, Rosie the hen goes for a walk around the farm and is totally oblivious to the danger (a fox) and the chaos she leaves behind her.                                                                                       

 Stages                                                                                                                                          First of all read the story to the class, keep their interest in the story by asking them to predict what’s going to happen next. Then tell the class that they’re going to role-play the story, probably best to do this another day.                                                                                  Materials                                                                                                                                          1. A long thin balloon, this will be the fox. a fox face, I like this vector one http://www.iemoji.com/view/emoji/2439/animals-nature/fox-face printed in cardboard and cut out and stuck on the balloon.                                                                                                  2. A round balloon, orange if possible, this will be Rosie and some feathers.                            3. Some pictures of bees, cut out and stuck on straws. You're ready to go.                                4. Paper frog puppets                                                                                                                      5. Paper mouse puppets                                                                                                        Procedure                                                                                                                                        Basically, as you read the story, the rest of the class role-play the story. Give out the 'roles' one student is Rosie and is in charge of the balloon puppet, another is the fox and follows Roise around. Then divide up the roles, decide who is going to be the doors of the henhouse, the fence,                                                     

The animated version of the story on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=UcsTDSB_pyk&feature=youtu.be