I decided to wrap up the year with fables, folktales, and biographies.
Among all the biographical stories we read this year, there was not a single one about a woman, so we took a week to look at a couple of amazing women. We read
- Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel, illustrated by Melissa Sweet and
- The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, illustrated by Jill McElmurry.
We talked about Aesop's Fables with the following stories:
- "The Fox and the Crow" retold with puppets and
- Mouse & Lion by Rand Burkert, illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert.
We talked about flattery and about morals. The students did a great job of articulating the lessons that could be learned from Mouse & Lion.
We finished the year with these folktales from Africa:
- Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile by Won-Ldy Paye, illustrated by Margaret H. Lippert and
- "The Girl who Loved Danger" told using Steve Light's story box.
I cannot recommend Steve Light's story boxes enough. They making storytelling fun for kids and adults alike. And I think it was the perfect way to end the year.