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Thursday, March 10, 2011
Tall Tales and Paul Bunyan
This week the main story in our anthology was about Johnny Appleseed, but our read-aloud on Monday/Tuesday was about Paul Bunyan. I have a lot of EL learners and it took some time explaining what a "tall tale" is and the expression, "stretching the truth". Nonetheless, they really enjoyed it (the Disney video on American folk heros didn't hurt either) and they wrote some great tall tales of their own.
I used 12x18 paper and cut it lengthwise. We did a directed drawing with a black crayon and then colored. The paper was folded in half so it made it easier for them to keep the top and bottom in proportion. I told them to make his shirt stop at the middle and make his pants go all the way to the bottom. They turned out sooo cute!
I had a parent draw lines with a Sharpie for the kids to write their stories so it really would be a "tall" tale. I gave them some sentence starters to get them going. Some of the ones we used were, "Did you ever hear about...", "He was so strong..." and their favorite, "When he was a baby..."
Hopefully I'll have the bulletin board up by tomorrow and I'll take another picture of the whole thing.
I'm a mom to 2 great boys, 17 and 12. This is my 12th year teaching. I have taught 1st grade for the past 6 years and kindergarten for the first 6. I love to make learning new and fun for my kids. I truly believe that learning is a lifelong process, which is why I decided to try my hand at blogging. I know I will learn a lot along the way and hope to share some ideas with others as well.