SECOND GRADERS ARE TRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD!

Folktale festival was held on May 26th in the Library. Thanks to all the parents and students who attended, and special thanks for all your help with costumes, props, and food!


Also, thanks to all the parents for signing permission slips so this video could appear online.


NOTE: The Folktale Festival is tentatively scheduled for May 26th, 2011 in the Library. More info will follow.
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We are learning words and geography, reading folktales, tasting recipes, practicing crafts, and designing passport stamps for each place.

UPDATE 3/8/2011: Sayonara - off to Japan JapanFlag.JPG


UPDATE 1/26/11: Leaving northern Europe to travel to the continent of Africa. africa_map.gif


UPDATE 12/1: Leaving Russia, heading to neighboring Scandinavia scandinavia.JPG

UPDATE 11/3: Off to the largest (land-wise) country in the world - Russia! до свидания


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Click map to go there


UPDATE 10/31: 2nd grade PUGS just finished reading some of Aesop's Fables. Students chose a story to interpret, illustrate, and summarize via a comic strip, including the MORAL of the story.

They also made passports (after filling out a real passport application - minus overly personal information about parents' birthdays and such!). We're looking at the world map, locating continents, and choosing a country to "visit" and learn about its folklore. (I'm kind of partial to Switzerland, but I'm not telling them that. More about that later.)

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(my first passport)

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(passport stamps)



WHAT IS FOLKLORE? WHAT IS A FOLKTALE?
"Folklore is a term which refers to the collective oral traditions and beliefs of a culture. It encompasses myths, legends, jokes, proverbs, tall tales, fairy tales, superstition, and of course folktales. All cultures have some form of folklore; some people have made the study of folklore their life's work, and numerous texts by folklorists can be found in bookstores. These books include transcriptions of folk stories as well as analysis of popular myths and traditions and the ways in which folklore impacts modern society."

Citation: Smith, S.E. "What is Folklore." WiseGEEK. 08 September 2010 <http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-folklore.htm>


Folktales Links:
Folktales from Around the World
List of Folktales - Resource
Mountain Folklore
Other Folktales

Continents

Countries we want to visit

Switzerland

Japan
Australia
Vietnam
The Wishing Cupboard