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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Day 161- Oh, the injustice!

It started normally, just a few click- clacks of a typewriter. Soft murmers coming from the direction of the barn.
Click-clack Moo!
Click-clack Moo!
That's right. Cows expressing themselves the only way they know how... through the written...typed word.

I love the end of the school year because it means that we teachers can be a little more lenient in our choice of reading material. During the year we stay fairly true to our school's reading series and we add special books occasionally. Changing to the Common Core standards will help a little, but the end of the year really is the best.

I chose this book because it is hilarious! It's one of my favorites. But this time, after I read it, I noticed that a gross injustice had been done to an animal in this story.

The cows received electric blankets.
The hens received electric blankets.
The ducks received a diving board for their pond.
But what about the PIGS?

Do the pigs not deserve attention? Are they any less worthy of  consideration? Or are they merely lacking in representation?

Oh, pigs of Farmer Brown's farm, we in General Delk's Army shall be your voice!

We created a list of things that we think pigs would like after a hard day of wallowing on the farm.

We wrote our letters, in our best handwriting of course.

 This student thought the pigs would want teddy bears to sleep with at night. 

 This student wants the pigs to have a vacation to the beach.

 A nice bath

 A big tub for a bath
I like the picture- 3 pigs in a hot tub.

 Hot tub

 Hot tub

 A better mud puddle, a nice bath, and a hot tub

A bubble bath

I noticed a theme running throughout most of my students' papers. They were convinced that pigs really just want to be clean and relaxed. Now for the real test... would Farmer Brown take our concerns seriously?

Student- Mrs. Delk, will Farmer Brown really read these letters?
Another student- Of course he will! All Mrs. Delk has to do is put the letters in Mrs. Overton's magic mailbox, then he'll get the letters!
(the magic mailbox was last used at Christmas to get the letters to Santa.)
Me- Guys, I have a little secret. Mrs. Overton knows everybody. If I put the letters in her magic mailbox, you had better believe that they will get to Farmer Brown!

I put the letters in the magic mailbox at the end of the day. I expect a reply soon. I'm sure Farmer Brown will right the injustice done to the pigs. It's only fair. I'll keep everyone posted. 

** Tomorrow is field day! Students are allowed to be out of uniform and wear t-shirts and shorts. Shorts must be appropriate length.** 

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