This week we are closer to home. In fact we will be exploring Trinidad and Tobago tomorrow but today we visited Mexico!
Both the younger and older readers listened to the story of The Princess and the Warrior. Princess Izta was a kind princess who had many suitors, none of whom she favoured. One day a brave warrior Popoca visited and promised to be true to her and stay by her side all the days of her life, Izta fell in love.
The emperor, Izta's father, did not want his daughter to marry a mere warrior but decided that if Popoca could win the long battle that he and his people had with Jaguar Claw he would allow him to marry Itza.
Popoca fought long and hard and eventually it looked like he would win the war. Jaguar Claw realized he would soon lose and decided to take something from Popoca that he truly cherished. He devised a plan to bribe one of Popoca's messengers to deliver the untruth that Popoca was dead. Along with this tragic message the messenger offered Izta a special potion to ease her sorrow. Izta drank the potion and fell into a deep sleep.
When Popoca returned victoriously from the war the Emperor and the people were shocked! The Emperor told Popoca that Izta had been told he was dead and was so heartbroken she drank a special potion, fell into a deep sleep and could not be awakened.
Popoca was crushed! He tried to wake Izta. He hugged her, he kissed her and he called her name over and over but she would not wake up. He took her out to the top of a mountain hoping the cold breeze would wake her but it was in vain.
Since he had promised never to leave her side he lay next to her and never left. Legend has it that two volcanoes were formed where they lay. Iztaccíhuatl, who continues to sleep, and Popocatépetl, who spews ash and smoke, trying to wake his love.
Both groups recapped the story and went on to do a lesson in sequencing. The younger readers used stickers to sequence the events while the older readers ordered sentences.
Check out their Mexican craft done at Arty Pants Studio!
Here are some pictures captured by Aunty Joanna!