What happens when the rational, sane person in your teaching group goes on maternity leave?.... You end up with a whirlwind of activity from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
Let the story begin:
Mara and I are good friends and think similarly. We both think each other's ideas are fantastic, but in reality sometimes we just come up with some crazy ideas that end up being a lot of work (and fun). Fortunately we have a third member of our group that keeps us grounded. Well two years ago she went on maternity leave and during that time Mara and I had genius ideas of fun and creativity, and no one to tell us no when we presented ideas.
It is also good to know, that we do have a very small school, with one class per grade level, so instead of grade level teams, we group as a cluster of grades 1-3, and this year ( because I switched grades and didn't want to be left out!) grades 1-4. We try to plan activities for the all of the students to participate in as a group.
Around Thanksgiving, I was working on a small Native American unit and my students were making costumes and headbands. We're not sure how it really happened, but somehow we decided to dress the 1st graders up as turkeys and the 2nd graders up as pilgrims and have a "Great Turkey Hunt". It also happened that the year before we went on a field trip that focused on Native American tribes and many of the students had bought spears (not sharp) as a souvenir and those came on the hunt as well. So on a Friday afternoon we walked to Central Park ( we don't have a playground or an area to run) with three classes dressed as turkeys, pilgrims, and Indians, so they could hunt the turkeys. During the middle of the day and especially around Thanksgiving, there are many tourists and they loved seeing the kids in the park and the parade of students down the street.
So now, it's tradition. The parents and students look forward to the Great Turkey Hunt each year and the 1st graders love it when they are no longer the turkeys. This year it was really funny because we added 4th grade and couldn't decide what role they would play. The students decided they would be wild animals in the forest and help protect the turkeys from the pilgrims and Indians. The 3rd graders finally thought they made it to the top of the food chain and weren't happy when we added the wild animals to compete with them.
|Getting Ready for the Hunt in Central Park|