Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Mice in Council

This fable is also sometimes known as "Who Will Bell the Cat?" I used Ann McGovern's retelling. I had a large jingle bell on a golden cord and we took turns being the cat, the young mouse, the wise mouse, and the remaining mice in the council. At first, I was the cat. It was fun to prowl around the room while my students sat in council. They particularly loved clapping and cheering the young mouse when he came up with his proposition. Then the room would quiet down and the child playing the wise mouse would stand up and give his opinion... my students loved it! They did well on their retelling of this fable. And I wore my bell on the golden cord for the rest of the day. Sometimes it is good to know when the teacher is coming.

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