Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Old MacOrwell Had a Farm

It's that time again. Replica farms are taking shape as we've finished Animal Farm. Kids are gluing animals, fences, shrubbery, barns, and rocks as they put together their displays.  I've never seens so many craft sticks in one place!  And it's interesting to observe the varied approaches to this project.  Some groups insist on creating every structure from scratch.  Others use prefabricated plastic toys and have raided the local dollar stores for plastic everything.  Still other students argue about the animals and farm implements not being to scale.  Whatever they decide, it is a unique experience in team work, construction, and trial and error. 

Stay tuned for pictures.  In the meantime, we're also planning to attend a local stage production of The Secret Life of Bees.  I just finished this book and it was amazing.  I cannot wait to read it to the kids and then see the show. 

Students, for your comments, consider:
  1. How's your farm building experience going?
  2. What are your lingering thoughts about the novel?
  3. Did you learn anything insightful?

1 comment:

  1. A lingering thought I have about the novel is concerning what happened next. I'm curious as to what happened to all the animals on the farm. I want to know if they ended up over throwing the pigs or just continued their unhappy lives.