The Blog for Mrs. Peacock's First Graders

A Native American Story

Young Wolf was a boy who lived a long time ago. He was a member of the Miami Indian tribe. This story tells about the way he lived:

Young Wolf lived in a small round house with his parents and his sister. The house was made out of plants called reeds. When the weather got cold, his mother made a fire to keep the family warm.  She sewed blankets made of animal hides.

Young Wolf’s mother had long hair that she wore in a braid. She was a hard worker. She planted corn, beans and squash for the family to eat. Young Wolf loved the delicious soup and cornbread his mother made. He helped his mother gather wood to make the fire for cooking.

Young Wolf’s father was a great hunter.  He knew how to use a bow and arrow. He used a spear to kill wild animals. In the winter, Young Wolf’s father went away to hunt buffalo. Young wolf helped his mother while his father was gone.  Young Wolf knew that when he got older he would go hunting with his father. Young Wolf’s father taught him how to catch fish in the river. He took the fish home. His mother cooked the fish.

Young Wolf had a little sister named Shining Sun. His mother carried Shining Sun on her back while she worked.  Young Wolf made dolls out of cornhusks. He gave them to his sister. He took care of his sister while his mother cooked.

Young Wolf had lots of friends.  They swam in the river. They raced and climbed trees. they went to the forest to collect fruit and nuts. The boys made boats called canoes.  They chopped down a big tree and dug out the inside.  They took the boats out on the river and had a great time. On special days, all the families in the village had a party.  They painted their faces and sang and danced and told stories.  All the Miami Indian people wore leather headbands with beads on them.  This showed they were members of the same tribe, and they were proud.

Now do this: Draw a picture of Young Wolf with his family.

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A Letter from Santa’s Wife

I have just received a letter from Mrs. Santa Claus. She needs a favor this year. Here’s the message:

Dear Children of the World,
Will you help me, please? My husband is getting fatter and fatter every day. He gets bigger and bigger all the time.  This is a huge problem, because all of his pants are now too small. Santa has been eating too much. I do not want him to have a lot of candy or cookies when he comes to your house.  Please just give him one cookie and two pieces of candy at the most. I know that children like to leave a snack out for Santa, and it’s very nice of you, but I love Santa very much and I don’t want him to get sick on all of that sweet food.
If you want, you could give Santa an apple or an orange, a small bag of nuts, or a few pretzels in a dish. A glass of milk would be fine, but please do not give him too much pop to drink. Pop makes him burp. Thank you for helping me keep my husband healthy.  I know he will bring all of you lots and lots of great toys and gifts.
Merry Christmas!
Your friend,

Mrs. Claus

Mrs. Claus has given us something to think about. What would you like to leave out for Santa? Draw a picture of a plate of food you think Santa might like. And remember… keep it healthy!

A Ship Named New York

This ship is called the USS New York. The ship was built with steel from the towers of the World Trade Center.
Many people celebrated on November 7, 2009 as the ship was commissioned into service for the United States Navy.
The sailors on the USS New York will live and work on the ship. The ship will travel around the world.

Can you find the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean on the map?

Would you like to live on a ship for a few months? Would you like to be a sailor on the USS New York? What would it be like to be a sailor in the United States Navy? What do you think? Send me your ideas! I would love to read them!