Monday, March 12, 2012

"I'm Yertle the Turtle, oh marvelous me!"

Of course... every lesson I teach, I think the kids do a MARVELOUS job, but this one really takes the cake!

In honor of Dr. Seuss' Birthday week, we read "Yertle the Turtle" as an introduction to our lesson. If you haven't read the book, it is a wonderful story written in rhyme (like only Dr. Seuss can) about a power-hungry turtle king, who is not-so-nice to his subjects.

You check it out here, read by John Lithgow:

After the story, we practiced drawing a turtle by breaking it into shapes (SYNTHESIS-a higher order thinking skill) on regular paper. When we were ready, we embossed our design in gold tooling foil by using dull pencils and magazine padding.

Aren't these fabulous?

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