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A Little Silly Goes a Long Way at Riverdale Heights

Mustaches are funny, especially if you’re a 1st grader.  Students in Mrs. Schilling’s room at Riverdale Heights practiced listening and inferring skills, laughing all along the way.

Mrs. Schilling read the book “Mustache!” by Mac Barnett and illustrations by Kevin Cornell.  In the book, a king who wants to spend money on statues of himself and not his kingdom learns the hard way, as his people revolt by drawing mustaches on his pictures.

Students are engaged as Mrs. Schilling starts the book.  She asks questions about what they expect will happen on the next page, why someone would draw a mustache on a picture, and whether or not the king is a good leader.  Halfway through they stop to draw their own mustaches.  The students just finished self portraits.  They were tasked with taking a picture of that portrait, uploading it to Seesaw and drawing on a mustache!  Giggles filled the room, as students defaced their own faces!

Mrs. Schilling brought the students back to the front of the room and finished the story, but not before asking more questions of class.  Students whispered to each other their thoughts.

One silly story teaches students a lesson about leadership, but also reinforces important skills like verbalizing ideas, listening, teamwork, inferring, technology, and drawing.

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