Have you read Extra Yarn by Mac Burnett?
I bought it from Amazon last week and read it to my class today for the first time. The illustrations are really unusual and good, but it’s the story that made us think, and did deeper.
It’s all about a little girl that finds a box of yarn. It is not just any old box of yarn. It’s what seems to be an endless box of yarn. It holds so much yarn the little girl; Annabell is able to knit an entire town sweaters- people, animals, houses, trees, everything! Then the mean archbishop tries to steal it to knit his own clothing… I’ll leave you hanging there.
My kids loved the story and the illustrations. I loved that it opened so many teaching opportunities. Today we inferred about the box and how it could hold so much yarn. Tomorrow we are going to read it again and create a different ending. The next day who knows….
The best part (or so the kids thought) was when I whipped out a skein of yarn and taught them how to “finger crochet.” Some of them caught on pretty quickly, some will be practicing a bit more tomorrow but they all loved it. I gave them each a small ball of yarn in a baggie so now when they have some free time they can “finger crochet.” After we have a few lengths of “finger chain” we will be using it in our measuring unit. Should be fun! I wonder how we can “tie” it into writing workshop….I’ll have to think on that one!
After school tonight we had a meeting on the common core. Oh my some of the negativity coming from that room was quite
embarrassing comical. I haven’t heard that much whining questioning in about ten years, about the time the state told us all of our lessons had to be related to PASS (Oklahoma’s version of standards)… Oklahoma will be calling the Common Core standards “Oklahoma C3 Standards” catchy don’t you think? You have to say it with that All State guys voice… you know the commercial… ALL STATE INSURANCE. That’s what I hear when I say Oklahoma C3 Standards… I have no idea why we can’t just call it “Common Core” like everyone else. Then it could sound like the Aflac duck AaaFllack…coommmon core. Yep just sounds better.
Since the meeting was sooooo long my hubby took me and Hadley out to supper, and then to Hobby Lobby! Woo hoo to buy more YARN! Do you think “finger crocheting” is part of the “Oklahoma C3 Standards??” hmmm oh well I’m sure I can make it fit somewhere!