After reading King Midas and The Golden Touch, as told by Charlotte Craft, Sprague children began asking questions about castles. “Why were castles built?” “Why are they so large when the people of the village live in such small huts?” “ Why are castles no longer built?” “What is the difference between a castle and a palace?” With the many questions, Reach Teacher Chrystie Wylie started having her classes gather resources to find some of the answers!
When Mrs. Wylie’s classroom began filling up with discarded boxes from a popcorn delivery, students then asked “Can we build a castle?” So that is why you can now find a small castle in room 19 at Sprague School!
As part of the state's Common Core ELA and Social Studies standards for second-grade, students read fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determined their central message. Students clarified the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on their grade level reading and content, and took time to do historical research about castles.