Tangram Tales Residency @ Strehle Elementary – Day 9 – Monday, January 26, 2009


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Ms. Dianne tells story to Ms. Jones' Kindergarten class

Ms. Dianne tells story to Ms. Jones' Kindergarten class - 1-26-09

Friends:

Today was Day 9 of my 10-day Tangram residency. This was my last day for classroom visits. I saw PK through 2nd grades twice and worked with grades 3-5 for three classroom periods. It was a whirlwind visit. My first class was Ms. Jones’ Kindergarten class. I was still trying to work through a hoarse voice so it was challenging to try to communicate with this group of overly energetic students. They were so different from Friday, chit-chattering and wiggling around.

Kindergartener in Ms. Jones' class creates horse Tangram - 1-26-09

Kindergartener in Ms. Jones' class creates horse Tangram - 1-26-09

Following Ms. Jones’ class, I went next door to Ms. Robinson’s Kindergarten classroom. It was like the two kindergarten classes did a personality switch. This group was calm, collected, and cooperative. It was fun sharing my Anansi tale with them. Deriving inspiration from the story, they created the “She be the Queen Bee!” slogan for Ms. Robinson and Ms. Brenda. Of course, I had to invent Tangram crowns for the ladies. They looked terrific! Gosh I had a blast in that class today. Ms. Brenda even wore her crown to lunch later that day!

Queen Bees Ms. Robinson & Ms. Brenda wearing Tangram crowns invented by Ms. Dianne - 1-26-09

Queen Bees Ms. Robinson & Ms. Brenda wearing Tangram crowns invented by Ms. Dianne - 1-26-09

When I finished with Kindergarten, I headed to Ms. Giroir’s PK class. The students were excited to see me and I was excited to see them. They are so cute, like the girl who says, “Ms. Dianne is a special guest visitor!”

Ms. Giroir's PK class works on their Tangrams - 1-26-09

Ms. Giroir's PK class works on their Tangrams - 1-26-09

It was then on to Ms. Guidry’s 3rd grade class. When I arrived, they were presenting a school project to their class, The Mouse and the Motorcyle poster by Beverly Cleary. The posters were fantastic and I enjoyed seeing the many faces of creativity.

Student in Ms. Guidry's 3rd grade class creates "The Mouse and the Motorcycle" poster, a book by Beverly Cleary - 1-26-09

Student in Ms. Guidry's 3rd grade class creates "The Mouse and the Motorcycle" poster, a book by Beverly Cleary - 1-26-09

Ms. Guidry had to help me corral this normally tame group of students (it must have been the morning donuts with all that sugar). Once they organized themselves, they did a good job of rehearsing. I can’t wait to see them perform tomorrow. I hope they will all perform without their scripts. They do such a good job of working as a team when they focus.

After lunch, I went to Ms. Walker’s 5the grade class. She is good at controlling the students and they were ready for me when I walked in. The students worked very well through their last rehearsal. We finished early and they were able to hear my story, “The Ghost of Mabel Gable.”

Students in Ms. Walker's 5th grade class work together to create Brahman and Tiger Tangrams in "The Tiger, the Brahman & the Jackal," a story from India

Students in Ms. Walker's 5th grade class work together to create Brahman and Tiger Tangrams in "The Tiger, the Brahman & the Jackal," a story from India - 1-26-09

Ms. Creecy’s 4th grade class was next. We had time to run through the script twice. The students did a fantastic job. I love Nelbert’s beat.

4th grader in Ms. Creecy's class creates prince with umbrella Tangram - 1-26-09

4th grader in Ms. Creecy's class creates prince with umbrella Tangram - 1-26-09

Ms. Mauer’s 4th grade class was last. With Ms. Mauer absent, the students were difficult to settle down, even with two other adults in the room. We did not make it through the rehearsal although there were some students did a fantastic job. I hope they pull it together for the show tomorrow!

4th grade storyteller and Tangram artist work together in "Windbird and the Sun" - 1-26-09

4th grade storyteller and Tangram artist work together in "Windbird and the Sun" - 1-26-09

After the last class let out, 2nd grade teacher, Ms. Hoadley, invited me to see her new bulletin board, “Wild About Tangrams.” It was so cute!

Ms. Hoadley 2nd grade bulletin board "Wild About Tangrams" - 1-26-09

Ms. Hoadley 2nd grade bulletin board "Wild About Tangrams" - 1-26-09

Here is a closeup of one of the Tangram pictures.

Student in Ms. Hoadley's 2nd grade class - "My Tangram is a candle."

Student in Ms. Hoadley's 2nd grade class - "My Tangram is a candle."

It was such a bright, positive ending to my day, seeing a young, enthusiastic teacher so excited about the Tangram Tales lesson plan that she created a bulletin board showcasing her students’ work. Yay, Ms. Hoadley’s class!

On Tuesday, January 27, 2009, it is my last day in my 10-day residency. The upper grades perform for each other, the lower grades and parents. I hope they are ready to perform without their scripts! Good luck, students! Break a leg! Make your parents, teachers, school, and community proud.

Until next time,

Happy Tales to You!

Warmly, Dianne