Friday, January 21, 2011
"Anansi" is Not an "Ll" Word...
... "but Mrs. Sommerville, his LEGS start with Ll!"
Why, yes they do!
While making our Ll word list this morning, I asked the Stars to think of animals that start with Ll, and told them that we'd use construction paper at our art center to make the animal(s) they named. While "ladybug" and "llama" and "leopard" made the list, it was one of our favorite characters, Kwaku Anansi that captured the Stars' draw-cut-glue spirit.
Spider? Not an Ll word.
Arachnid? Not an Ll word.
Anansi? No, that's not an Ll word either.
And then the solution: L-e-g-s.
Works for me!
Here's what you need:
I scanned a page from our storybook and highlighted the shapes that the Stars could use to make Anansi:
Students used white crayons to draw Anansi's head onto the large black square (pencil shows up fine too):
Several Stars mentioned that Anansi has the letter T on his face, which we cut like so:
A hole punch made perfect nostrils:
... and black rectangles formed Anansi's legs:
He's got legs, and he knows how to use them!