Monday, February 3, 2014

Groundhog Legend

The Legend of the Groundhog
Do you know how Groundhog Day came to be? The tradition began in Germany where a
hedgehog was used to predict an early spring or foretell of six more weeks of winter. It was
believed that if the hedgehog came out of its burrow and saw its shadow there would be six
more weeks of winter. If it did not see its shadow, it was believed there would be an early
spring. When German immigrants came to America they continued the tradition of
predicting weather. However, they used a groundhog instead of a hedgehog.
The most famous groundhog is Punxsutawney Phil. Punxatawney is a town in
Pennsylvania where the very first Groundhog Day celebration happened on February 2,
1886. People in Punxsutawney say that Phil is more than 100 years old! Unfortunately,
this is impossible as most groundhog’s have a life span of fourteen years. Most days Phil
lives in a temperature-controlled habitat in the Punxsutawney library with his wife Phyllis.
You may be wondering if Phil’s predictions are correct. I am sorry to tell you that he is
correct less than half the time.
1. On what date does Groundhog Day happen every year? 
2. What animal is used to predict an early spring or six more weeks of winter?
3. In what country did the tradition of Groundhog Day begin? 
4. Where does Phil live most of the year? 
5. What is Phil’s wife’s name? 
6. How old is Phil said to be?

Riddle of the Day

Q: Which weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks?
A: Neither, they both weigh one pound!
Q: How many months have 28 days?
A: All 12 months!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

what is a legend?

Oban the Knowledge Keeper

Many people have asked me on my travels, what is the difference between a myth, legend, fable and folk tales?
Myths, legends and fables are old stories written for adults and children. Folk or fairy tales were written specially for children.
Select the links below to read more about the difference between myths, legends, fables, folk and fairy tales.
  • What are LEGENDS?
  • Legends are also stories that have been made up, but they are different from myths. Myths answer questions about how the natural world works, and are set in a time long-ago, before history was written.Legends are about people and their actions or deeds. The people lived in more recent times and are mentioned in history. The stories are told for a purpose and are based on facts, but they are not completely true.
    Either the person never really did what the story says, or the historical events were changed. The purpose was to make the story more interesting or convincing, or to teach a lesson, like knowing right from wrong.
    Examples of people in English legends are King Arthur, Robin Hood and Queen Boadicea. A man who may have been King Arthur is known to have lived in the 5th or 6th century. But the stories about the Knights of the Round Table and Merlin the Magician may not be true. The point of the story was that the knights and their king defended their people and helped them.
    The character and deeds of Robin Hood may have been based on someone else. Robin of Loxley lived in Nottinghamshire around the time of the story, and he did help the poor. But did he live in Nottingham forest with a band of robbers? Probably not, but helping other people is important and the legend hasn’t been forgotten.
    Boadicea was first female queen in Britain. History tells us she lived in the 1st century and led her people in their fight against the Romans when they invaded. The Romans won and conquered Britain. Boadicea was captured and died in prison, but legends say that she escaped and fought on. This story was intended to encourage people in countries invaded by the Romans, to resist and fight.
    Like myths, legends are passed down from generation to generation.

myths & legends

Myths, Legends and Stories sent to us by friends

Aesop's Fables retold by Oban

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Links for Parents

                              Links for Parents
Hello 4-2,
Its Ms. Vecchio!  Thank you so much for visiting our class website.
Please show your parents these helpful links below.

General Testing Info - New York State Education Department
This site provides general information on the ELA, Math and Science tests your child will be taking in the coming years.
Past Tests - New York State Education Department
This page of the NYS Education Department site provides access to past ELA, Math and Science tests.
Common Core Standards
Learn more about the Common Core standards that 44 states have adopted. These new standards will be implemented beginning in the 2013-2014 school year.
Scholastic - Parents
Engage NY
Find up-to-date information on the Common Core Learning Standards and the state tests your child will be taking.

Monday, March 4, 2013