Cinderella with a Multicultural Twist!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Fairy tales are one of my favorite genres, probably because of the classic storytelling, the good vs evil, and the abundance of adaptions to the original story.  To me, reading fairy tales has always gone hand in hand with writing them and acting them out.  This year, I got to see our 2nd grade add a new twist: world travel!

Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.

With the Common Core Standards in mind, they came up with their plan.  They read the original classic, and then read 4 other multicultural versions as well.

Then, they made suitcases and passports to prepare for their travel.

On the big day, they traveled to 4 different destinations (classrooms).  They started in each room learning information about each culture, and then celebrated with an activity.

In Mexico, they danced and had a feast of tacos, flautas, quesadillas, guacamole, and salsa.

In Africa, they played the African drums and then made their own and decorated them with traditional symbols.

In the Caribbean, they made bead bracelets.

In the Middle East, they painted Hamsa hands.

To see a short video of their travels, click here:

Fantastic job bringing the world to our students +Stacy Rammer+Erin Flynn+Claudia Scott+Margaret Daly and +Shianne Gillespie!

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