Friday, May 3, 2013

Calming The Chaos

Welcome to Calming the Chaos Blog Hop hosted by 2peasandadog.  All of us bloggers have come together to share our top tips for making the last month of school run smoothly.  Visit each of our blogs to learn something new and catch a freebie or two!  Happy Blogging!
The last two weeks of school can be very trying for teachers and students.  We have had a whole year of learning and everyone is ready for SUMMER BREAK!  We have done a lot with Fairy Tales during the year, the kids love them and by now know the stories backwards and forwards.  One of our district objectives is "Child increasingly interacts and communicates with peers to initiate pretend play scenarios that share a common plan and goal."  This fit perfectly into my plan!  The students work together to plan and produce a short skit to act out a Fairy Tale.

During the first week we do a shared writing of three different Fairy Tales (we use our social studies skills and vote on which three stories we want).  During the shared writing we incorporate the characters, setting, problem and solution.


We also include some repetitive text that is found in the story -
"I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down." or
 "Granny what big eyes (ears, teeth) you have."  

The students then decide which story they want to work on and which character they want to portray. The second week, they must then draw a picture of themselves as the character they chose and write why they would make a good - wolf, Baby Bear, etc.  They divide into story groups, and after receiving  approval of character selection from me, they start to work together on a common plan and goal - putting on a "play" for their classmates.  I send a letter home explaining the project and asking parents to help with simple props and costumes if the child wants to wear something special ( a red shirt for Little Red Riding Hood, a pink one for one of the three little pigs, ears on a headband for the wolf).  They all do a great job and have fun retelling one of their favorite stories.
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4 comments :

  1. I just found you on the blog hop. Great way to keep the kids focused on learning and still having fun! I'm your newest follower.
    Andrea
    http://eltigger.blogspot.com

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  2. Thanks Andrea. They really do love it and it keeps them i charge of their learning.
    Kathy

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