|The White Rabbit and Tall Alice|
|The King and Queen of Hearts "playing" Simon Says with Alice.|
|Medium Alice and the Tweedles|
|Small, Medium, & Tall Alices...United!!|
Thanks to our wonderful PTO we were able to purchase supplies to create costumes and a beautiful set. Students who chose not to perform were vital to helping with creating scenery, props, and dealing with lighting and the sound system. Everyone was able to work together to pull off an excellent performance.
We recently finished reading Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt as a class read aloud. I absolutely love this book! It is powerful in so many ways. Schmidt has a talent for writing which pulled us right into the story and made us feel what the characters felt and saw. The craft of writing is incredible in this book. However, the characters and messages in this book are also very powerful. We commiserated with Turner, disliked Willis, discovered...eventually...Mrs. Cobb was a pretty nice person, and adored Lizzie. Our discussions centered on the growth of the characters, the injustices delivered to some, and how "power" can be so incredibly misused. It was so awesome to see how the students defended, rallied for, mourned, and cheered on the characters as they came alive for us.
The interesting piece to this incredible book is the connection to Maine. The setting is Malaga Island near Phippsburg in 1912. After we finished the book, we watched some clips from MBPN with an archeologist and museum curator who actually worked on and with the history of Malaga Island. We were able to connect with some of the families we were introduced to in the book. We also were able to put faces to names we'd read about and felt the horror of their treatment. We saw the graveyard where descendants were reburied after being disturbed from their original site. We saw and heard of the methodical method used to wipe out an entire population. I dare say this book will always be a favorite for a number of my students.
How says fifth graders are too old for Valentine's Day? Not here!! They were just as excited as when we were in kindergarten together. They decorated bags, "delivered" their valentines, and yelled across the room to thank a classmate the exact same way they did a few years ago. It is really cool to have taught these kids at both levels...some things never change. :)
|Silly boys :)|
|Fun times sharing!|