UP! Initiative Makes Myths Alive

UP! Initiative Makes Myths Alive
Posted on 11/26/2017
In Second Grade, we have been studying the Greek Myths "Prometheus and Pandora" and "Demeter and Persephone" during our domain lessons. In "Prometheus and Pandora," the children learned that the Greeks believed Prometheus snuck fire to the humans by carrying an ember from Mount Olympus in a fennel seed/root. In the myth "Demeter and Persephone," the kids learned that the Greeks believed it was because Persephone ate six pomegranate seeds, given to her by Hades, that she was forced to stay in Hades, away from her mother, Demeter, for six months of the year--thus causing Fall and Winter to occur on Earth.
For our schoolwide UP! Initiative, we always try to make student learning authentic and as hands-on as possible. As part of Second-Grade’s UP! last week, Harmony Program Paraeducator Laura Maestas brought in fennel and pomegranate to taste. Ms. Laura, being the MSES gardening guru that she is, seized the opportunity, without even being asked, to bring these two foods for our kiddos to try. Most of them, of course, loved the pomegranate. But, perhaps surprisingly, many of them really liked the fennel as well! It was an amazing hands-on opportunity! Thank you, Miss Laura!
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