I have the remnants of a flu. And it’s snowing. We haven’t discussed autumn yet in my classroom, except for a brief moment in the second Masha and the Bear movie. It’s autumn in that movie, so the bear is getting ready to hibernate.
Because I spent the weekend sleeping, I am not ready for classes, so what I decided to talk about today was “Autumn.” Otherwise our classroom calendar will have to move from summer to winter without any discussion! (My kids always know the phrases for “in the summer,” “in the winter,” but never “in the autumn.”) I am going to ask kids all sorts of questions related to autumn, including what they did this weekend, and we’ll listen to a beautiful Russian song: “What is Autumn…it’s the crying sky under our feet, it’s the wind playing with torn chains, it’s the rocks: certainty above the darkening river…” The last class to get it will be the Russian 1 kids, and I’m going to let them circle the word “Autumn” in every verse when they hear it.
I’ll update this to tell you what happens. Hate when I’m not truly ready for classes! (And it’s hard to do lots of good CI when my throat hurts.)
Advanced Russian: I decided to start with a fast-write. The kids are sharing what they did this weekend. They’ll get to read their pieces to a neighbor, so that everyone feels that they’ve shared, and then we’ll pick a couple of interesting ones to tell the class about.