Easter & The Ugly Duckling

It's been a while since I've updated this little blog. We've been a busy family the past two weeks or so. In the last week, we moved out of our apartment... **EDIT: I even started this blog a week ago and am just now having a chance to finish it...**
...and then moved in with my in-laws! We knew our new house most likely wouldn't be finished by the time our lease was up, but since it would just be a week or so, we decided not to add an extra month to our apartment lease. 

Thankfully, with just a few minor hiccups here and there, we were able to move into our new house this past Thursday! I am so thankful for such kind in-laws who let us "live" with them for a few nights while we waited on our house!

Apartment. In-laws. New house. All in 5 days. And I even finally opened an Instagram account! {Follow me HERE...I've definitely been updating more school pics there since I haven't had time for a full blog in a while!} Phew! I'm worn out! 

Needless to say, other than a special Good Friday lunch for my 2 year old, we haven't had a chance to celebrate Easter at home much yet...

***EDIT...again, since first drafting this blog, we did have a church egg hunt, an Easter church service and dinner with family, and a family egg hunt...*sigh*  So much to blog and so little time!***

But we did celebrate Easter in first grade last week. And I had so much planned I didn't even get to finish it all!!

After a week off for Spring Break, we jumped in with our newest unit on fables. 

We chose two Eastery {is that a word???} fables to study this week. We started with The Ugly Duckling. We read the book each day and did a different activity each day. 

The first day we talked about and charted the elements of fables. 

Then, we read The Ugly Duckling and talked about whether it was a fable or not. And we talked about what the life lesson was in this fable. {Treat others the way you want to be treated.} We also charted the life lesson on our life lesson unit chart that we will update throughout the unit. And admist all of the moving crazies I didn't remember to take a picture of the chart we started. I'll update next week!

The next day, we watched a short video of our fable and sequenced the plot of the story in groups. 

Then, during our writing time, we wrote about the plot of our story using our fable graphic organizer. I love this organizer. It's great for whole group guided writing and it's great for guided reading groups to do as a small group or even as homework. 

On day 3, we reread the story and made connections to the story about times when we were mistreated by others or a time when someone else was mistreated and we were a good friend to them. 

And, man! This quickly turned to counseling session 101 with my sweet firsties. I heard all of the sad stories and they loved sharing. In a quick 5 minute share time I heard about being ignored at recess, sisters lying to little brothers and a secret diary being stolen on the bus and almost being read! Deep stuff here, folks! It was really a great conversation...and more importantly, really help them internalize the story. 

After our counseling session was over, we wrote about our connections with the help of our narrative graphic organizer {which I'll blog about later}. Then, we made our super adorable, Easter themed duckling crafts!

I loved this fable and can't wait to do The Tortoise and the Hare next week. I wish I could've squeezed them both in before Easter, but it just wasn't meant to be. I love this mini-fable packet for Easter cuteness that's still substantial learning and Common Core based. Cutesy activities with no real learning goals? Ain't nobody got time for that!!

Hope you had a wonderful Easter.  Welcome, Spring and all of the fun and colorful learning that comes with it!

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