This week we heard two tall tales about characters from the American frontier. We learned the elements that make a tall tale such as use of exaggeration, humor, and unbelievable adventures. We read “Paul Bunyan,” who was a fictional logger known for his large size. Paul Bunyan did everything more intensely than most people. He had an ox named Babe for a pet. In the story he and Babe used their great strength to straighten rivers and create the Appalachian and Rocky Mountain ranges.
We also read “Pecos Bill.” This is the story of a fictional cowboy from the old west who was raised by coyotes. In his adventures he lassoed a tornado and rode a mountain lion. Ask your child to tell you more about these larger than life characters.
In science we continue to study Simple Machine. This week made our own levers and tried out an “Archimedes Screw” that allows water to climb up! Ask you child to tell you more about the simple machines we are learning about in class.