Surf’s up at Nisley Elementary
The students in Mrs. Harmon’s second grade class have been working hard to build sets, memorize their lines and learn some cool dance moves for their play, “Surfer Girls.”
The preparations and the play cover a lot of the second grade standards the students should have learned throughout the year such as doing research, writing biographies, and practicing their reading skills.
The students weren’t just practicing valuable academic skills, they were also learning about surfing, coastal lingo and the history of the band, the Beach Boys.
“Surfer Girls” told the story of a group of girls who spent too much time surfing and not enough time learning to read. When the waves were too high and dangerous to surf, the girls were unable to read the danger signs. They surfed anyway which broke all of their surfboards.
“Our reading was so not cool! We were way radically wrong,” one surfer girl said in her best Valley Girl accent.
The surfer girls went back to summer school to practice reading and declared “Cowabunga, reading is totally cool!”
After the play, the audience asked the students about all their hard work.
“How’d you get your hair wet,” one audience member asked. “It’s a secret,” the surfer girls said.
The class practiced the play for several weeks. Their performance counts for much of their final reading grade.
The best part was getting to perform for the parents who attended the many performances given this week. “I had fun watching it and they did a great job,” said parent Heather King.