1. I think killing the days before thanksgiving with art projects like making hand-print turkeys is pretty standard for the first 3 or 4 years of school. A second grader will have enough experience to know what is happening.

  2. She just gave them the assignment, as she did with the kids the year before. Their reaction suggests to her that even though it’s traditional, maybe it’s not right. I don’t see anything which suggests that she gave this assignment to *these* kids last year.

  3. The kids, especially Caulfield, occasionally do seem to realize that they’re just repeating the same grade year after year.

  4. Hasn’t Caulfield been in Mrs Olsen”s class for several years ?(Even if the teacher “moved up” to stay with the same class,he ought to be in high school by now, where she couldn’t possible be teaching the same class all day.) So maybe we’re looking at “cartoon time.”

  5. Mrs. Olsen teaches third grade. Miss Plainwell teaches first. So these are first graders.

    As far as the comic, my interpretation is the same as Arthur’s– this is the kind of thing first graders have done during turkey week for decades. The kids reaction to the activity has Miss Plainwell wondering if she should try something else. The kids already have their crayons and paper, so clearly Miss P.’s already instructed them what to do; so, no, the comic does not require the kids to know they do this every year. However, even she hadn’t already given the instructions, the existence of older siblings/neighbors/cousins/friends is enough to ensure a new crop of first graders is informed of such elementary traditions.

  6. beckoningchasm – Ms Plainwell’s line seems to be coming from the blonde girl, too (the point of the stem does point more to her than to the kid, unlike the one that’s supposed to be Frazz’s, but stretching it down so much suggests it’s not meant to point to her).

    And THAT made it a CIDU for me, until I figured out who was actually speaking.

  7. Kids know about things. In my daughter’s school, there were special events in the school year for third, fourth, and fifth graders, and my daughter knew about all of them by the end of kindergarten. The third-graders had “night of the notables, where each child had to select, research, and present a brief description of a famous person, fourth graders had “Pioneer Days”, and fifth-graders had science camp. I don’t think it’s a stretch that first-graders might pick up on the fact that about a third of their class is missing the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, or that they’re being given makework time-filler assignments. The kids who WERE in that class last year will have told the ones who are in that class this year all about it at recess.

  8. Neither myself nor either of my sisters ever made a hand print or other hand related turkey.

    I did however make my dad a really nice frozen orange juice can pencil holder for Father’s Day in first grade – well painted, and covered in just the right amount of glitter, which was properly glued on so it did not fall off. I know, because after he died I took it back from his desk and it is still holding pencils – now mine.

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