Thursday, April 21, 2011

2nd Grade Wants to Live Happily Ever After....

This week, the 2nd grade students, teachers, and Mrs. Mattei teamed up to explore a wide variety of Cinderella tales! Each day, Mrs. Mattei read a different Cinderella story from around the globe. Students learned the characteristics of what makes a fairy tale from their fabulous teachers. Students also learned the importance of citing their sources each day. Since you cannot travel around the world without a passport, each student received a passport along with a stamp for each book they heard. Here are the Cinderella books that were explored: 

Day 1: Egypt

Rhodopes, a slave girl living in ancient Egypt, is chosen by the Pharaoh to be his queen.

Day 2: Korea

In this version of Cinderella set in ancient Korea, Pear Blossom, a stepchild, eventually comes to be chosen by the magistrate to be his wife.

Day 3: Persia

A retelling of the traditional Persian tale in which Settareh, neglected and abused by her stepmother and stepsisters, finds her life transformed with the help of a little blue jug.

Day 4: China

A young Chinese girl overcomes the wickedness of her stepsister and stepmother to become the bride of a prince.

Cindy Ellen loses one of her diamond spurs at the square dance in this wild western retelling of the classic Cinderella story.

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