Monday, January 30, 2017

Snow White

Initially when I thought about using Snow White, I wasn't sure what my STEAM tie-in would be. When I'm stumped for ideas, I try to pull out some key elements from the story. For Snow White, I chose to focus on the magic mirror. This gave me a great opportunity to play around a bit with the science of mirrors with the kids. 

Also, does anyone else find it odd that it's Dwarfs and not Dwarves?


Opening Song: Put your hands up high

Opening Rhyme: Hands Go Up 

Story: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs retold by Leslie Sims 

Song: Fairy Tale Song 
Tune: Jingle Bells 

Once upon a time 
In a land so far away 
A princess kissed a frog, 
Well that just made his day 

Far across the town 
Red Riding Hood took fright 
She found a wolf in Granny's bed 
When she told her good night! 

Fairy Tales! Fairy tales! 
Read them every day! 
Oh what fun it is to hear 
How Goldilocks got away! 

Fairy Tales! Fairy Tales! 
Full of joy and laughter 
Do you know how this one ends? 
Why it's happily ever after! 

Source: First Grade W.O.W. 

Rhyme: Shel Silverstein Poem "Mirror, Mirror" from the book Falling Up

Story: Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs by Davide Cali 

Coding word: Mirror 

Activity: Mirror/Reflection fun with flash light 

Craft: Kaleidoscopes  

Final Story: Seriously, Snow White Was So Forgetful! by Nancy Loewen 

Goodbye song

How it actually went: 

This is a classic fairy tale that a lot of my kids were familiar with, and they were excited to read something they recognized. Interestingly the two classic versions that I read, included all three visits from the Queen, rather than just the final visit with the poison apple. The Usborne edition uses a sash rather than corset laces, so some of the kids were confused as to how that would keep Snow White from breathing, but otherwise that went well. 

The Fairy Tale Song was new for all of us, but I'm so excited that I found it because I think it's so much fun. One problem with it being the same tune as "Jingle Bells", most of my kids (at the very least my loudest) switched to singing "Jingle Bells" partway through. This is turn messed me up, and I had to stop and think about which song I was singing. I just smile and roll with it, though. I will be using this song again for at least the next few weeks, so I'm sure we'll get it right with repeated singing. 

Reading a poem to the kids was something new for me, and I'm not sure how well it went over. They probably would have enjoyed it more if I had prepared some kind of visual to go along with it. 

Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs is quite funny, and the children enjoyed it. They especially seemed to like the rainbow color palette. 

As has become our custom, we used the ASCII Binary Alphabet to spell out a word related to our story. This time it was MIRROR. Now that it's becoming routine, the kids are getting quicker to jump in with responses. 

MIRROR in ASCII Binary. Black ovals represent 1, white ovals represent 0.

We played a short mirror game with a flashlight and a few small craft mirrors that I picked up at Michaels. I turned down the lights. I gave each of the kids one of the mirrors, and I had a flashlight. I shone my flashlight at a mirror, and we tried to pass the light around the room. Once we succeeded in going one direction, we switched it up and went the other way. 

After our game we settled in for craft time. This week we made kaleidoscopes. I used the directions from Buggy and Buddy. I ordered the mylar from Amazon using the link from the Buggy and Buddy blog. Definitely use card stock to figure out the correct size before cutting the mylar. Toilet paper tubes are not a standard size, so that's fun when you're working with a limited amount of mylar. All in all, it was a fun activity. Some of the kids colored an assortment of geometric shapes on their circles, others drew full pictures. One little boy drew superhero logos. Those came out pretty cool looking as a kaleidoscope. 

My sample kaleidoscope. I chose not to decorate my tp tube, but the ones I had available for the kids were blue, orange, red, and green.

This was another really fun one. The kids really enjoyed making kaleidoscopes, and I always enjoy watching them get creative. 

As always, feel free to share any of your questions or ideas in the comments below. 

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