Monday, December 19, 2011

2nd Graders Experience Narnia First-Hand!


After Thanksgiving all of the 2nd grade teachers began reading C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to their classes. There are 17 chapters in the book so we were able to read 1-2 chapters per day for 3 weeks.  At the end of the 3 weeks, on our last day before Christmas break, we went to see a live musical performance of "Narnia" performed by Kids Who Care.

The students were very excited!
Since this book is beyond a 2nd grade level, we spent a lot of time discussing what was happening in the book and retelling the chapters as we went along. This was a great opportunity to use the Daily Cafe Strategies (Retelling, Back up and Reread, Check for understanding, etc)  Several of the students had seen the movie and wanted to tell what would happen next, but they were good about waiting to tell.

We made wardrobe pictures of Narnia:





We made wardrobe pictures by folding the sides of 12 x 18 brown construction paper toward the center and decorating the outside to look like doors. On the inside we used, white, light blue, or dark blue paper to make a wintry Narnia scene complete with a lamp post (I cut these out for them)  and iridescent glitter. They look beautiful in our hall!
My daughter plays a Dryad (tree spirit) in the play
If you live in the DFW area, it's not too late to see this wonderful show. Tickets are available HERE.