Today we listened to a Japanese folktale called The Badger and the Magic Fan by Tony Johnston. This folktale is about a magic fan that makes noses grow and shrink. Tengu children are in the story too, which are goblin-like creatures with large red noses who usually carry fans. A naughty badger comes along and tricks the tengu children so he can get their fan. Ask me to tell you what the badger did to trick the children. After the badger gets the fan, he waves it over a sleeping beautiful lady, whose nose grows very, very long. Ask me to tell you how the story ends. We were great Word Birds, using many of the strategies we have been learning about to understand new words that make the text tricky. Ask me to tell you the meaning of vexed. Before we went home today, we reread the story and stopped along the way to name opposite words to many of the verbs in the story.
Today we took notes from information texts about the animals we are researching. I was amazed to watch how focused students were as they studied the photographs and read parts of the book to find information to fill in their charts with information to use in their book.
Have a nice evening!