Friday, April 22, 2022

Emoji Emotions: Interactive Storytelling Game

The Girl with the Pearl Earring
by
Johannes Vermeer, 1665

Earlier this year I was struggling to help some of my storytelling students succeed using appropriate vocal intonations for the characters and situations in their stories. Even though I used a number of storytelling activities to demonstrate vocal expression, discussed character voices matching story events, characterization, and coached them on their delivery, nothing was working.

Then one night it suddenly became clear, they were struggling because for the past two years they have been wearing masks in school and in public. They were interacting with others seeing only their eyes, not their entire faces, and sometimes voices were muffled. The masks had affected their social interactions and ability to convey their feelings through facial expression and vocal tone.

What could I do differently? What could I use that they already understand? Emojis! Using emojis I designed a new activity. I found a variety of public domain emojis, copied each into a blank document and typed the corresponding emotion. I printed and laminated each one and the Emoji Emotions game was born. We played it the next day with remarkable success! Here are the instructions for you to try with your students.

EMOJI EMOTIONS GAME © 2022

Instructions

  • Explain that you will be working on vocal intonations; share/display the emoji cards.
  • Direct each student to choose a line of dialogue from their story to use for the game.
  • Invite two students to come to the front of the class. 
  • Fan the emoji cards face down and have each student chose a card at random. * You can also do this activity with a solo student.
  • Holding the card in front of them have them hold a ‘conversation’ with the dialogue from their separate stories, using the chosen emotion. Of course, the conversation won’t make any sense, but it will be funny!

The following week I expanded the game. I passed out individual kazoos to each student. (Individual kazoos may be purchased through Oriental Trading.)  The directions were the same but this time they the conversation using a kazoo to speak the dialogue. *Many thanks to Andrea Lovett for this idea i.e., using kazoos to tell a story. It was hilarious!

* Note: When I did this for the first time, I noticed each student naturally added a facial gesture and changed their body language to correspond with the emotion.


The students couldn’t wait for their turn and asked to play the different variations of this game again and again. Not only was the game fun, but it also made a huge difference in how the student’s connected with their characters and emotions in their story. It loosened them up and gave them permission to play with their story. The next time they practiced their story it was obvious how much this simple activity helped their performance. Some of the emoji cards I created are below.

This is the list of emotions I used; there are many more you can add but I kept it as simple as possible due to the age of the participants, fourth and fifth grade students. You could add more subtle emotions for an older group.

  • Angry
  • Bored
  • Confused
  • Embarrassed
  • Happy
  • Nervous
  • Sad
  • Scared
  • Silly
  • Surprised
  • Worried


A few examples I created for this game.



This game is a keeper! If you decide to try this out with your students, please let me know how it turned out for you and for them. 

Permission for private use is granted but I do ask that you maintain the copyright information and offer proper attribution. Publication is prohibited without my expressed written permission. 

There are many more original games I have created in my book, Story by Story, along with worksheets to help your students step into their story. 

Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links. At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.

 

Karen Chace 2022 ©
This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission, please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I appreciate your support and personal integrity.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Celebrating the Country of Ukraine

 “And if you want to suppress a culture, take their stories. If you take their stories, you take their power.”  Kristin Pedemonti

Carousel
by
Oleksandr Murashko, 1906

I always love sharing folktales on themes and different countries. Today I am celebrating the beautiful country of Ukraine. As we all know the country and its courageous people are under attack. Let’s keep them in our hearts and continue to share their stories and traditions.

Around the world countries are offering support in a variety of ways, food, shelter, medical care, and more. If you would like to donate to these efforts, Charity Navigator offers a number of essential, reliable, and financially responsible organizations here:
https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=9366 



FACTS ABOUT UKRAINE

  • Ukrainian civilizations date back to 4800 B.C. The country is located in an area where Trypillian and Scythian civilizations thrived.
  • Ukraine is home to seven sites protected by the UNESCO World Heritage L
  • The world’s first constitution was drafted and introduced in 1710 by Ukrainian Hetman Pylyp Orlyk.
  • Ukraine is the world's largest producer of sunflower seeds. It is estimated that the total size of Ukraine’s sunflower farmlands could cover the entire territory of Slovenia.
  • The vast tracts of arable land in Ukraine with fertile black soil made it an ideal place for growing wheat and other food crops. As such, it was nicknamed the "Breadbasket of Europe.” Today, Ukraine continues to be one of the largest producers of wheat in the world.
  • The gas lamp was invented by two Lviv-based pharmacists - Jan Zeh and Ignacy Łukasiewicz in 1853.
  • The deepest metro station in the world is Arsenalna station on the Sviatoshynsko – Brovarska line located in Kyiv – the capital city of Ukraine.
  • Vyshyvanka is the name of the National Costume of Ukraine. This is differentiated from others because of its embroidery work which features Ukrainian embroidery.

The above information found at the following links:
https://thefactfile.org/ukraine-facts/
https://www.indiatimes.com/trending/social-relevance/ukraine-facts-you-didnt-know-562918.html


STORIES

The Cat and the Rooster
http://tinyurl.com/zdscqm4

The Fox and the Crane
https://www.tccweb.org/folklore.htm#The_Fox_and_the_Crane

The God and the Devil
https://www.tccweb.org/folklore.htm#God_and_the_Devil

The Heron, the Fish, and the Crayfish 
http://tinyurl.com/6js3u88 

How A Fish Swam in the Air and a Hare in Water
https://sites.pitt.edu/~dash/type1381.html#ukraine

The Magic Egg
http://tinyurl.com/plx7ebe

The Magic Pumpkins
https://tinyurl.com/ybqo2lr4

The Story of the Wind
https://www.worldoftales.com/European_folktales/Ukrainian_folktale_2.html

Sister Fox
http://www.mychickensandme.com/sister-fox-a-ukrainian-folk-tale/

The Tsar and the Angel
https://www.worldoftales.com/European_folktales/Ukrainian_folktale_16.html

Ukrainian Fairy Tales, Folk Tales and Fables
https://fairytalez.com/region/ukrainian 

Ukrainian Folk Tales translated by Marie Halun Bloch – Meet The Poor Wolf, The Spiteful Nanny Goat, The Foolish Dog, and a host of other animals between these pages.
https://diasporiana.org.ua/wp-content/uploads/books/19589/file.pdf


BOOKS

Children’s Books Set In Ukraine
https://kidstravelbooks.com/product-category/europe/ukraine/

Thunder Bay Public Library offers some wonderful suggestions of available books.
https://tbplofftheshelf.com/2020/12/14/ukrainian-folk-tales/


CRAFTS

Printable craft based on the children’s book, The Mitten.
https://www.littlepim.com/blog/explore-winter-ukraine-craft-based-clever-story

Ukraine Coloring Pages for Kids
https://www.coloringpages101.com/Countries/Ukraine-coloring-pages


CURRICULUM

Ukraine Facts for Kids
https://kids.kiddle.co/Ukraine

U is for Ukraine - Ukraine for Kids Virtual Tour
https://www.localpassportfamily.com/2020/07/u-is-for-ukraine-ukraine-for-kids-virtual-tour.html


TRADITIONS

A History of  The History Pysanka Symbolism A great variety of decorative motifs are found on pysanky. Because of the egg’s fragility, no ancient examples of pysanky have survived. However, similar ornamental patterns occur in pottery, weaving, wood carving, embroidery and other traditional crafts, examples of which have survived through the ages.”
https://www.pysanky.info/Symbols_NEW/History.html

How to Decorate Pysanky Ukrainian Easter Eggs
https://www.allrecipes.com/article/how-to-decorate-pysanky-ukrainian-easter-eggs/

Pysanky Ukrainian Easter Eggs and How to Make Your Own - The start of spring means that Easter is on the horizon, which for many people means one thing—it's time to start decorating eggs.”
https://mymodernmet.com/pysanky-ukrainian-easter-egg/

Ten Customs That Only Ukrainians Will Understand
“The roots of Ukrainian customs date back centuries, but at the same time, they remain no less popular nowadays…Ukrainians pay great attention to the observation of customs, as they are unique and extremely peculiar – even absurd sometimes.”
https://theculturetrip.com/europe/ukraine/articles/10-customs-that-only-ukrainians-will-understand/

Traditional CraftsLearn about pottery, weaving, painting, and more.
https://authenticukraine.com.ua/en/traditions-crafts

Ukrainian Customs and TraditionsLearn about wedding traditions, national costumes, and food.
https://greentourua.com/ukrainian-customs-and-traditions/ 

Ukrainian Folklore –History, cuisine, folklore and more.
https://computerscience.johncabot.edu/kduong/S2020CS130-1/mavramova/about/project/index.html

Ukrainian Women Bring Back Traditional Floral Crowns To Show National Pride|
“According to the tradition, these headdresses were worn by young, unmarried women to show their “purity” and marital eligibility. Now though, the artists are using them as a reminder of Ukrainian identity in rough times the country is going through. With continuing political and actual physical pressure from Russia, the country faces serious threats to its integrity and unity is needed more than ever.”|
https://www.demilked.com/traditional-ukrainian-flower-crowns-treti-pivni/ 

SOMETHING EXTRA

Authentic Ukraine – An amazing project on the cultural Heritage of Ukraine, including performing arts, traditional rituals, food, music, oral traditions, tours of cultural heritage, and “authentic audio and visual examples of Ukrainian identity.” Learn more about this beautiful country and its fascinating history.
https://authenticukraine.com.ua/en

Chuhaister: Spirit of the Ukrainian Forest
“Chuhaister is the spirit of the Carpathian mountain forest. Chuhaister is both protector of the woods and the spirit of the forest.” Learn all about this spirit at the link below.
https://www.patheos.com/blogs/babayagascottage/2020/11/chuhaister-spirit-of-the-ukrainian-forest/


ADDITIONAL CULTURAL RESOURCES

Celebrating the Continent of Africa
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/01/celebrating-continent-of-africa.html

Celebrating the Country of China
https://karenchace.blogspot.com/2022/02/celebrating-country-of-china.html 


Celebrating the Country of Germany
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/02/celebrating-country-of-germany.html

Celebrating the Country of India
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/01/celebrate-country-of-india.html

Celebrating the Country of Russia
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/03/celebrating-country-of-russia.html

Celebrating the Country of Scotland
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/04/celebrating-country-of-scotland.html

Celebrating the Country of Turkey

https://karenchace.blogspot.com/2017/11/celebrating-country-of-turkey.html

 

 

Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links. At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.

 

Karen Chace 2022 ©

This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission, please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I appreciate your support and personal integrity.

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Celebrating the Country of China

Diaochan
One of the Four Great
Beauties of China
This is the seventh in my series, highlighting the rich diversity of folktales, fairy tales, legends, and myths from around the world. My hope is that this will make it easier for you to find new and unique tales to add to your repertoire, and in the process, we will learn more about our global neighbors.

Since the Olympics began in Beijing a few days ago I thought it made sense to highlight China this time around. The country of China is divided into thirty-one provinces, municipalities, and autonomous regions. I encourage you to conduct further research on the specific region and/or culture behind the stories. I also offer some curriculum and crafts resources, with articles for additional reading on the beautiful country of China.

At the end of this blog, you will find links to my previous journeys to Africa, India, Germany, Russia, Scotland, and Turkey. I hope you find something useful and fun to add to your storytelling work or classroom.

STORIES

The Ancestor of Tea
http://tinyurl.com/gudo3vz

The Blue Rose The tenth story in the book by Marie L. Shedlock.
http://tinyurl.com/jdua2ud

The Butterfly Lovers
https://tinyurl.com/ybvybqdz

The Clever Wife 
http://tinyurl.com/d7d8clp 

The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl
https://www.nspirement.com/2021/08/12/the-cowherd-and-the-weaver-girl.html

The Discovery of Salt
https://tinyurl.com/s3s75zt

The Dragon Princess
https://www.worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Chinese_Folktale_60.html#gsc.tab=0

The Golden Beetle or Why Dog Hates Cat
http://tinyurl.com/krxq898

Grandmother Tiger
https://chinesefolktales.blogspot.com/2018/06/grand-auntie-tiger-earliest-recorded.html

How the Moon Became Beautiful
https://archive.org/details/goldenpathbooka01stevgoog

How Three Heroes Came By Their Deaths Because of Two Peaches
https://tinyurl.com/y2h74kr4

The Ladle of the Moon
https://www.worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Chinese_Folktale_34.html#gsc.tab=0

The Ladle That Fell From the Moon
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/54734/54734-h/54734-h.htm#Page_404

The Lady Who Lives on the Moon
https://worldstories.org.uk/reader/the-lady-who-lives-on-the-moon/english/274

The Magic Brocade
http://www.aaronshep.com/stories/056.html

The Nodding Tiger
http://tinyurl.com/y8jxean5

The Old Woman and the Tiger
https://www.jefftk.com/p/the-old-woman-and-the-tiger

The Princess Kwan-Yin
https://www.worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Chinese_Folktale_9.html#gsc.tab=0

The Queen Mother of the West
https://tinyurl.com/yxmeqhld

The Snake and Frog
https://www.yourchineseastrology.com/zodiac/story/snake.htm

The Story of Niu Land and Zhi Nu
https://worldstories.org.uk/reader/the-story-of-niu-lang-and-zhi-nu/english/448

The Talking Fish
https://www.worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Chinese_Folktale_5.html#gsc.tab=0

The Two Jugglers
https://tinyurl.com/y3l5eauu


BOOKS

15 Engaging Children’s Books About China
https://teachingwithchildrensbooks.com/books-about-china/

20 of the Best Books Promoting Chinese Culture for Children
https://childrenslibrarylady.com/books-chinese-culture-kids/


CRAFTS

25 Outstanding Olympic Crafts for Kids to Make
https://artsycraftsymom.com/11-easy-olympic-crafts-for-kids/

Activity CraftsNineteen Chinese crafts for a variety of ages.
https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/china-crafts

Happy Toddler Playtime: The Best 30 Chinese New Year Activities and Crafts for Kids in 2022
https://happytoddlerplaytime.com/chinese-lunar-new-year-activities-crafts-for-kids/


CURRICULUM

Lions, Dragons, and Nian: Animals of the Chinese New Year - Wonderfully inclusive lesson plan on the Chinese Spring Festival and eastern and western dragons associated with the Chinese New Year.
https://tinyurl.com/k3un6ycs 

Smithsonian Institute – Timeline of Chinese History, Art, and Culture Timelines, lesson plans, maps, and more. You can explore by Theme, Dynasty, or Object.
https://tinyurl.com/mr2pxtsb


STORY COLLECTIONS

Chinese Fables and Folk Stories by Mary Hayes Davis, Chow-Leung, published in 1908. http://tinyurl.com/yda28q4

The Chinese Fairy Book by Dr. R. Wilhelm, 1921. Seventy-four stories of saints, magicians, ghost stories, and more.
https://tinyurl.com/osadn3h

Chinese Folklore -Short Stories for Children
http://tinyurl.com/6rdsb92

Chinese Legends; Or, The Porcelain Tower by Thomas Henry Sealy, 1848.
https://archive.org/details/chineselegendso00sealgoog/page/n6/mode/2up?view=theater

Chinese Tea Stories - A site brewing with interesting folktales from China. https://www.teasenz.com/chinese-tea/tag/tea-stories.html

Chinese Wonder Book - Fifteen stories from Norman Hinsdale Pitman, 1919.
https://archive.org/details/chinesewonderboo00pitm2

Myths and Legends of China by E.T.C. Werner Myths of water, fire, the stars, fox legends, and so much more.
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/15250


SOMETHING EXTRA

Chinese Tales - Stories associated with festivals, war, love, myths, Buddhist’s tales and more.
https://pages.ucsd.edu/~dkjordan/chin/ChStories.html

Top Ten Chinese Myths
https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2016/feb/08/top-10-chinese-myths

ADDITIONAL CULTURAL RESOURCES

Celebrating the Continent of Africa
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/01/celebrating-continent-of-africa.html

Celebrating the Country of Germany
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/02/celebrating-country-of-germany.html

Celebrating the Country of India
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/01/celebrate-country-of-india.html

Celebrating the Country of Russia
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/03/celebrating-country-of-russia.html

Celebrating the Country of Scotland
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/04/celebrating-country-of-scotland.html

Celebrating the Country of Turkey
https://karenchace.blogspot.com/2017/11/celebrating-country-of-turkey.html



Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links. At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.

 

Karen Chace 2022 ©

This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission, please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I appreciate your support and personal integrity.

 

Monday, January 31, 2022

Storytelling In the News III

New From Afar
Alfred Stevens, 1860's

In February of 2021 I was asked to take over the Storytelling It’s News column for the National Storytelling Network's newsletter. Below are some of the articles I researched through the year. Since there are so many, I broke it up into three posts, this is the third and final one from 2021. You will find a link to the previous two blogs in the series at the end of this post.

I hope you find something interesting to read, and perhaps some new tidbits to add to your storytelling and presentations.






Teaching Us Wonder: Turkey embarks on cultural mission to preserve its folktales
“The oral folktales of the Anatolian plateau are a remarkable blend of storytelling motifs and traditions…” Now, an academic project is collecting and indexing stories for future generations.
https://tinyurl.com/2p9avcua

Telling Stories of Slavery, One Person at a Time
The new exhibition in Amsterdam reconstructs the personal history to counter the wider and less discussed involvement of the Netherlands in the international trade of slave people during the colonial era.
https://tinyurl.com/yyzstdpr

The woman who coined the term 'fairy tale' risked prison to write coded messages of rebellion
“Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy — who'd been married off at 15 to an abusive man three decades her elder — slipped messages of resistance into her popular stories, risking jail in the process. D'Aulnoy lived in a punishing patriarchy: women couldn't work or inherit money and were forbidden from marrying for love. Through her work, she showed an alternative. "She subversively wrote against some of the cultural norms for women at the time…”
https://tinyurl.com/yfvrc7c4

This Hans Christian Anderson Museum Asks You to Step Into a Fairy Tale
“It’s not a historical museum,” Henrik Lübker, the museum’s creative director says, “It’s more an existential museum.” The museum is designed “to echo the sensibility of a fairy tale writer who rarely offered his audience simple lessons.” When complete the building will include 60,000 square feet and the gardens will be an additional 75,000 square feet. There will be labyrinthine hedges and wooden pavilions that will merge nature and architecture. “It’s kind of like a universe where nothing is quite as it seems,” Lübker says. “Everything you thought you knew can be experienced anew.”
https://tinyurl.com/2p86ftr4

UK Researcher gives Arunachal Pradesh's folk tales an animation push
“The 'Stories of our Ancestors' is a project of the North Eastern Hill University based in Shillong, Meghalaya to research and document the oral storytelling traditions of the Wancho of Arunachal Pradesh and the Tangkhul community of Manipur… 'Stories of Our Ancestors' that seeks to document, preserve and present before the world outside through animation, a strong form of visual media.”
https://tinyurl.com/fek6pk7c

Vancouver Chinatown Storytelling Centre shines light on Chinese Canadian legacies 
“What did Vancouver’s Chinatown look like during its heyday? What was everyday life like for early Chinese Canadians? What contributions did previous generations of Chinese immigrants make to Canadian society, and are their legacies still apparent to this day?... With the opening of the Chinatown Storytelling Centre (CSC) at 168 East Pender Street in the core of Chinatown this weekend, there is now a permanent home to preserve and share these stories.”
https://tinyurl.com/2p86du3a

Walking storyteller begins historic trek through China’s heartland
“For more than eight years, I have trailed the first human beings who roamed out of Africa during the Stone Age…I will traverse at least 10 of its provinces. I will inch from the subtropical forests of Myanmar to the subarctic snows of southern Siberia. The route stretches about 3,600 miles, incorporating at least seven million footsteps, and migrates through 5,000 years of recorded lives. I’ll pace off the footsteps of ghosts.”
https://tinyurl.com/3bujz654

West Africa’s oral history griots tell us a more complete story than traditional post-colonial narratives
“The last few years have witnessed a growing recognition of oral histories in Western academies. With more authors, filmmakers, and artists from around the world highlighting the rich oral histories of West Africa, the traditions of passing knowledge through generations has invited a moment of change within wider Western establishments.”
https://tinyurl.com/yc4s3khb

Where Archaeology and Oral Tradition Coexist
“One night, while socializing in a house in Larihairu village, a younger community member asked me what I knew of the past. I replied that, as an archaeologist, I hoped to investigate human history using the materials people left behind. He replied, “You only know about the human story, but we know about the mythical beings and spiritual beings.”
https://tinyurl.com/y86r3u5e

Why Folktales Are Inspiring New Conversations
Nothing binds people better than stories, and folklore has been making and holding these connections for centuries. Today, as human-wildlife interactions escalate, and experts of all hues acknowledge that this multifaceted issue could do with more approaches than one, folklore could play an important part. A growing body of research has been stressing the need to understand how people sustain complex and diverse connections with local wildlife – especially through folktales and narratives.”
https://tinyurl.com/2p8t2538

Why It’s Important To Tell Ghost Stories During A Pandemic
“One might ask what telling ghost stories has to do with Covid, or why one would want to hear potentially macabre and spine-chilling tales of hauntings, spirits and Hawaii cryptids during a such a serious time as a pandemic. But, as anyone who has ever listened to Kapanui's stories knows, his storytelling is didactic at its deepest levels and is really about a common set of living themes rather than just ghosts…Humanity's best stories are always those that teach values, and Kapanui's stories reminded Hawaii in the middle of the pandemic that life is a precious gift, that family should be cherished because our time is so short, and that we have a certain responsibility to one another.”
https://tinyurl.com/9ztecbna

Why Medicine Needs Storytellers
“While working at Stanford for 11 years on the frontlines of a top lung transplant program, I often had a plotline running in my head. I didn’t know the narrative’s exact format, but I knew there was a story to tell.”
https://tinyurl.com/2p883sjj

Why studying arts like acting or dance can better equip business students for the post-COVID world
"Business students are more likely to be found in a financial accounting lecture or an organisational change dynamics tutorial than learning about storytelling. Yet storytelling serves as a powerful tool for communication both inside and outside organisations. Narratives enable companies to develop their own personas and for brands to forge customer relationships."|
https://tinyurl.com/yc7efkab

SOMETHING EXTRA

The links below will take you to the two previous posts with many more interesting articles about storytelling.

Storytelling In the News I 
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/12/storytelling-in-news-i.html

Storytelling In the News II

http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2022/01/storytelling-in-news-ii.html

 

Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links.  At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.

 

Karen Chace 2022 ©

This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission, please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Stories of Sensational Soups!

Soup
William-Adolph Bouguereau
1825-1905

"Let Omar sing of wine and bread,
But I prefer fine soup instead."
Arab poet, replying to Omar Khayyam

January is National Soup Month and who doesn’t love soup! Soup is as old as cooking, dating back to 20,000 BC. I grew up in the city of New Bedford, which has a rich, cultural food history thanks to the thousands of Portuguese families immigrated who immigrated here centuries ago to work in the whaling industry. They brought their amazing recipes with them, including kale soup, which is now a staple in many homes. You will see Kale Soup, on most restaurant menus, as well as New England Clam Chowder or seafood chowder (a rich, creamy soup). In the summer there are even chowder festivals around New England.

“Every culture had its version of soup. From the French Onion to the Russian Borscht, Spanish Gazpacho, New England Chowder, Chinese Won Ton, Campbell’s tomato, Japanese miso, and Italian Minestrone, every soup had its unique flavour regarding its place of origin.
https://soupmakerguide.co.uk/soup-through-the-ages-the-history-of-soup/

Just like the story of  Stone Soup I have added together some folktales about soup, a dash of activities and crafts, seasoned with some activities, and a few extra items to spice it up! Enjoy!

The above information was gathered from:
https://soupmakerguide.co.uk/soup-through-the-ages-the-history-of-soup/

STORIES

All-Kinds-Of-Fur – Germany
https://sites.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm065.html

Chicken Soup – Russia
https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/fall-2007/chicken-soup

Crossing the Bridge Noodles - China
https://wildchina.com/2013/08/crossing-the-bridge-noodles/

The Emperor and the Cook: The Story of Bird’s Nest Soup - China
http://soupsong.com/sbirdnes.html

The Guest - Inuit
https://www.worldoftales.com/Native_American_folktales/Eskimo_folktale_11.html#gsc.tab=0

Hot Soup, Cold Hands - Turkey

https://voetica.com/voetica.php?collection=4&poet=706&poem=3443

The Legend of Issun-boshi – Japan
https://www.gov-online.go.jp/eng/publicity/book/hlj/html/201408/201408_09_en.html

The Old Man and His Grandson – Germany
http://www.authorama.com/grimms-fairy-tales-27.html

Sliced Sickle Soup – Mongolia
https://www.kidelight.com/2021/02/folk-tale-from-mongolia-sliced-sickle.html

Soup from a Sausage Skewer – Hans Christian Andersen
https://www.worldoftales.com/fairy_tales/Hans_Christian_Andersen/Andersen_fairy_tale_36.html#gsc.tab=0

Soup of the Soup – Sufi
https://www.learningtogive.org/resources/soup-soup

The Stolen Soup Aroma – West Africa
http://www.allfolktales.com/wafrica/stolen_soup_aroma.php

The Story of Salt – China
https://archive.gosanangelo.com/news/scene/tell-me-a-story-the-story-of-salt-a-chinese-folktale-ep-883035808-353680851.html/

Stone Soup – European (There are many variants from Russia, Sweden, Belgium, England, and France.)
https://tinyurl.com/yz724w4s


BOOKS

10 Story Books for Kids About Soup
https://food.innerchildfun.com/2013/01/10-story-books-for-kids-about-soup.html

Best Kids’ Books About Soup
https://bookroo.com/explore/books/topics/soups


CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES

20 Recycled Tin Can Crafts
https://artsycraftsymom.com/recycled-tin-can-crafts/

20 Water Sensory Soup Ideas for Kids
https://www.andnextcomesl.com/2015/04/water-sensory-play-ideas-for-kids.html

Dltk-teach.com – Lots of activities here connected to the story Stone Soup, coloring pages, puzzles, word ladders, crafts and more.
https://dltk-teach.com/fables/stonesoup/index.htm

Fairy Soup – Backyard Sensory Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers
https://happyhooligans.ca/fairy-soup/


CURRICULUM

Agriculture in the Classroom – Lesson plan based on the picture book Who Grew My Soup for grades K – 2. If you don’t have the book, not to worry, there is a link to a read aloud video.
https://agclassroom.org/matrix/lesson/547/

Learning to Give – Lesson plan based on the folktale, Stone Soup.
https://www.learningtogive.org/units/philanthropic-behavior/class-soup

Making Stone Soup
https://elementarynest.com/stone-soup/


RECIPES

30 Best Soup Recipes
https://themodernproper.com/30-best-soup-recipes


SOMETHING EXTRA


Children’s Board Game from Peaceable Kingdom: Stone Soup
https://tinyurl.com/bdfctmvd

History of the Stone Soup Folktales from 1720 to Now
https://stonesoup.com/about-the-childrens-art-foundation-and-stone-soup-magazine/history-of-the-stone-soup-story-from-1720-to-now/


 

 

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