Saturday, January 16, 2010

More Fairy Tales

This week in grades K-3 we compared several of The Three Little Pigs classic fairy tales with many of the fractured fairy tales. We began with the retelling of the Three Little Pigs using puppets. Afterwards K-3 students enjoyed reading, The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, written by Eugene Trivizas. Talk about role reversal. We also did a picture walk through David Wiesner's, Three Little Pigs, which one a Caldecott Medal. Not only do the three little pigs take the pages of the story and turn them into a paper airplane...they fly into another story make up of nursery rhymes. It was hilarious! While introducing some fairy tales through playing the game "Name that Fairy Tale" a couple of classes became intrigued with the clues of Rumplestiltskin. So we read the story of Rumplestiltskin, written by Paul O. Zelinsky.

Fourth graders completed the story of Polar, the Titanic Bear and will be using computers next week to find facts about the Spedden Family and the Titanic. We will also go to the research site to learn more about artifacts of the Queen Anne's Revenge, the flagship of Blackbeard which sank off the coast of North Carolina.

Fifth Grade students who are studying the American Revolution viewed a segment on Ben Franklin. They were amazed that he had only two years of schooling, however was an amazing inventor, patriot, scientist, firefighter, founder of our first lending library...and also one of the country's founding fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence. Students were amazed at how he learned about "grounding" buildings and houses to avoid fires in regard to lightning strikes with so little education.