Our class read Chester The Worldly Pig to begin our
study of the world. This book is about a pig that wants to become
famous. He teaches himself how to do a "nose stand" and waits to be
discovered by the circus. After becoming a part of the circus, he is
thrown into a cage with fierce tigers and dressed up in baby
clothes! This is not Chester's idea of being a star, so he escapes
from the circus and continues to have one adventure after another.
Finally, an educated man notices something very special about
Chester - his spots are in the shape of a world map. Chester becomes
famous by just being himself!
After reading this story our class wondered if Chester would like
being a famous pig. We brainstormed ideas about what life would be
like for Chester now that he is famous. Then we wrote a letter from
Chester to tell everyone about his new life.
I am having so much fun at the carnivals! Being a star is
just as much fun as I always dreamed it would be. Thousands of
people come to see me from all over the world and I don't even have
to wear baby clothes! My favorite part is when they give me a bath
to prove that my spots are real - I never knew how good it felt to
be so clean! I don't have to sleep in barrels on streets anymore.
Now that I'm a famous pig, I have my very own bed. I've become so
famous that I get to travel around the world and visit schools. The
teachers love for me to come in and teach the children about the
continents. I think its just fun to go and play with all of the
kids! Maybe I'll come to your school one of these days. I hope you
are already learning about the world and maps so that when I come I
don't have to work too hard. I like to leave lots of time for lunch
- as long as you're not having ham!
Chester (The Worldly
Our next activity was
to make our very own Chester the Worldly Pigs. Our teacher gave us
pink paper and pigs to trace. After cutting out our pigs, she gave
us a map of the world. We cut out all of the continents and glued
them on our pig in the correct "spots".
For the next couple
of weeks, we learned about all of Chester's spots (the continents!)
Our class divided into groups and each group researched a continent
to present to the class. After learning about each continent's
people, languages, customs, and animals we completed the
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