Sunday, June 5, 2011

Loco for Mexico

Cinco de Mayo week with my lovlies was one of the best weeks of the school year. It's always refreshing to see how excited they get when they are learning about new cultures. . .especially the cultures of some of their classmates. For Cinco de Mayo we talked about the importance of the day and then we started studying everything that makes Mexico so fabulous. Along with a taste testing of dips that go along with chips (queso won by the way), my lovlies also completed a writing assignment. . .and a super cute craft to accompany it. Each day of the week, we pulled a writing topic out of a sombrero. The topics included some of our favorite Mexcian treats including: burritos, tacos, and nachos. The kids then wrote creative stories about these topics. I was really impressed in the wide range of stories that were created- -mysterious, descriptive, humorous. Every day they shared their stories with their group friends. Each group had to vote on the best story from their group to be shared with the entire class. That meant that 5 stories were shared with the class each day. I absolutely loved seeing the smiles on the faces of the kids who were voted as the best at their table. At the end of the week, the kids picked their favorite or best story that they wrote during the week. We edited these stories, they wrote their final drafts, and then came the ART PROJECT! 
Of course I HAD to hang their fabulous work out in the hallway for everyone to see! It was a huge hit and my lovlies were so proud to hear from other teachers and students how great their work was.

Ms. Lee

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