We are working on the Regions of the US and Tall Tales. I am really enjoying learning about tall tales and the integration into the regions. Here is the list of characters that we are using:
- Northeast- Old Stormalong
- Southeast- John Henry
- Midwest- Paul Bunyan
- Southwest- Pecos Bill and Sluefoot Sue
- West- Febold Feboldson
We are using Mary Pope Osborne's anthology of tall tales, Lynne Peppas' regions of the United States and My America Poetry Anthology by Lee Bennett Hopkins. I also have printable short stories and reader's theater by Scholastic. We have been comparing and contrasting the different versions of tall tales. I spend two weeks covering prose(fiction and nonfiction), drama and poetry of each region. We are creating scrapbooks like last year that include dialect speech bubbles of the tall tale character from that region along with the scrapbook pages from Jill Russ on TPT, here is her blog with great resources (power points).
I just purchased the book below which fits in perfectly! It is an abc book of idioms and proverbial phrases with a glossary that gives you the meanings and US origin. The author's note refers to the development of these phrases due to tall tales and exaggerations. It is one of my new fourth grade standards and I love how it fits into the tall tales!
I have added the tall tale characters to my post card bulletin board that continues to grow. I divided my map into the five regions with a black sharpie and have marked the post cards with colored yarn.
Here are a few photos of my scrapbooks from my last year from an old post that you might want to check out for some other ideas.
I am planning a great culminating activity with my neighbor's class...can't wait to share!!!!