Yesterday was the last day of the 2017-18 school year. Per my usual procedure, my class has our grand annual celebration on the second to last day of school. This includes giving out academic awards, a mini promotion ceremony, a portfolio showcase, and a chance to share our class reflection video with families. It’s been quite the bittersweet year because it’s been very hard, but quite rewarding as well. Normally, I only teach students in the kindergarten through second grade class, but due to a lack of teacher for the third through fifth grade class, we combined the two and I taught a kindergarten through fifth grade class for the past four months! Talk about ridiculous! It was great to get a chance to celebrate with families though. All the students were super excited!


Preparing


Smiling for the cameras!

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I absolutely love literary comparison units. For Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, in my class, we did a really awesome literary comparison unit on various Asian versions of the Cinderella story. I liked this because most of the students had some idea about the traditional American Disney version. We watched a shortened video version (about 15 minutes) of it, too. Then we read 4 different Cinderellas from Asia: Korea, Persia, Cambodia, and China. The students really enjoyed comparing and contrasting the stories. We read them over three weeks and made our own versions of the books, too. Then we jigsaw-ed and each group was responsible for coming up with the cards for their Cinderella version. Each group had to answer:

Her name?
What happened to her mom?
How was her stepmother?
Who helped her?
What kind of footwear did she wear?
What was the ending?

At the end, each group shared out and we discussed similarities and differences.


Our bulletin board


Our amazing comparison poster

For our school’s annual Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration, we always have a beautiful display case. This year, the school decided to work together and have as many classes as possible work together to create posters. Our theme this year was Many Language, One Proud Voice so we decided to have every class pick a language spoken in Asia and create a greeting poster with it. My class chose Persian, which is mainly spoken in Iran and parts of Iraq. Since in long ago Persia there were beautiful tile work and mosaics, my class decided to create a tile mosaic (using paper). Each student had their own piece. I think it turned out pretty nice!

Salam, chetori? means Hello, how are you? in Persian.


Our poster

This year for Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I decided to do something a little different. Since I happen to have a number of older kids in the class right now, I thought it would be important for the students to compare versions of the same story. I decided on the famous Cinderella story and then went around looking for Asian versions of the that story. Lucky for me, this is an extremely old story and there are tons and tons of versions of this story including from Asia. We read the following versions:

Kongi and Potgi: A Cinderella Story from Korea by Oki S. Han
The Persian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
Angkat: The Cambodian Cinderella by Jewell Reinhart Coburn
Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai-Ling Louie


The Persian Cinderella by Shirley Climo


Kongi and Potgi: A Cinderella Story from Korea by Oki S. Han

First we learned about winter. Then we learned about spring. Next we learned about summer!

For summer, we read the book But Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner. I liked this book because it focuses on the way summer looks, feels, smells, sounds, and tastes. During the week, we did our typical discussion of character, setting, and sequencing events to retell the story. On Friday, we made our summer mural for our eventual four seasons wall. The students just love making these murals!


Summer!


Storm clouds


Kids eating ice cream and sunbrellas at the beach


The beach with sunbrellas and sea shells