S: The Way the Cookie Crumbles The Solomon Shelf™
BC: THE WILBUR AND HILDA GLENN INSTITUTE FOR PHILANTHROPY AND SERVICE LEARNING The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning is pleased to support The Solomon Shelf™ project. The mission of the Glenn Institute is to provide transformative educational experiences that engage The Westminster Schools’ family and peer communities in philanthropy, active citizenship, and commitment to the common good. The Institute strives to create opportunities to nurture in students and adults a sense of commitment to help others in their community and to improve society for the betterment of all. Through this service learning project, students in Mrs. Solomon’s Old Testament Bible class have had the unique opportunity to integrate their classroom learning of Old Testament text with an identified community need. By rewriting this often obscure text into modern day adaptations, they hope to widen the level of biblical literacy in young people and reinforce reading skills. Service learning became the vehicle by which students realized their potential for creativity and innovation, their desire to question and seek new answers to old problems, and their willingness to be engaged citizens. In short, it gave real purpose to their learning and living in today’s dynamic world. Like the Westminster student authors and editors of these books, the Glenn Institute likes to imagine the many different hands into which these books will find their way. The students’ goal was to develop a series of Bible stories that would elevate, educate, and empower others to live daily lives guided by their faith. The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning hopes The Solomon Shelf™ project touches readers’ hearts and minds across the world.
1: The Way the Cookie Crumbles A Retelling of Exodus 16:2-21 Text and images by Eliana Mason, Sarah Soltan, Blake Hauser, Mason Adams, and Kevin Doran Ninth Graders in Kay Solomon's 2008-2009 Old Testament Class The Westminster Schools Edited by John Guery, Adelyn Anderson, Ivory Grimes, William Bollwerk, and Jessica Levine First Graders in Sara Chapman's and Mya King's 2008-2009 Class The Westminster Schools Special Thanks to The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning The Westminster Schools 1424 W. Paces Ferry Road, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30327 United States of America The Solomon Shelf™ is a series of retellings of Bible stories for children Copyright 2009 Kay F. Solomon, The Westminster Schools
2: One day, in Ms. Levi’s second grade class, everyone was hungry. All of the kids wished that they could go home to eat the food in their refrigerators.
3: Ms. Levi was sad that her students were so hungry so she went to Mr. Scott, the principal, and told him, “My students are hungry and they want to go home! Help me!”
4: Mr. Scott promised to give the students cookies everyday during snack time and lunch. Ms. Levi was very happy and went to give the kids their cookies.
5: When the kids saw the cookies, they were so happy that they screamed for joy and ran to grab them.
6: “Take only as many cookies as you can eat,” said Ms. Levi, “but you can’t save any for later!”
7: Everyone was surprised that they could eat as much as they wanted. The students were very hungry, so they ate.
8: Billy took five cookies, Sarah took two, and Aaron took ten, but everyone had taken as many cookies as they could eat.
10: “Now remember this, class,” said Ms. Levi, “don’t keep any of these cookies for later. If you do, they will go bad!”
11: Joey, Mary, and Anne didn’t listen to Ms. Levi though. They each shoved more cookies in their pockets to save for later.
13: When their stomachs had stopped rumbling, Ms. Levi taught the students their morning math and reading lessons. Soon, it was time for lunch.
14: As they walked into the lunchroom, Joey, Mary, and Anne remembered the cookies in their pockets. They pulled them out, but the cookies were crumbled and covered in dirt, just like Ms. Levi had said!
15: Meanwhile, everyone else was eating new, clean cookies made especially for lunch instead of the old, crumbled cookies. The next day and everyday after, cookies were provided for the children during snack time and lunch.
16: Ms. Levi’s class learned to trust that there would always be cookies at snack time and lunch. From then on, they never took more than they needed.
17: Food for Thought: Obey and trust God. Don’t be greedy, and only take as much as you need.
18: Sight Words Used In The Way the Cookie Crumbles Pre-primer and, can, for, go, help, in, me, one, said, it, the, to, two, you Primer all, are, at, ate, be, but, do, eat, into, like, new, now, on, out, ran, saw, she, so, soon, that, there, they, want, was, went, will 1st Grade after, any, as, could, from, give, had, him, of, old, take, them, then, were, when 2nd Grade always, don't, five, made, many, their, these, very, would 3rd Grade clean, if, keep, much, never, only, ten Nouns children, day, home, morning, time
19: ...with the Editors | The Writers and Illustrators...
20: “The Solomon Shelf™” “The Solomon Shelf™” is an idea which developed in one of my Old Testament classes during the second semester of the 2007-2008 academic year. As we were reading the first chapter of the book of Ezekiel aloud one class period, one of my students said, “You should read that to your daughter.” I replied, "There are no pictures.” Another student suggested, “We can draw the pictures!” I said, “The text is a little complicated.” My students said, “We can rewrite it!” And from there a series of books which my students entitled “The Solomon Shelf™” was born. While we were not able to complete the project that semester, I want to say “Thank You!” to this group of students who had the foresight and innovation to lay the foundation for this project. “Thank you” Baylor Banks, Hilliard Burton, Forrest Cobb, Shelby Dover, Monique Gilmore, Jeremy Godsell, Anna Greene, Mary Zack H'Doubler, Lillian Haas, Sam Higgins, Julia Marshall, William Morgan, and CiCi Reid. Without you all, “The Solomon Shelf™” would not exist, and therefore would not benefit the many elementary students for whom biblical literacy and literacy as a whole is the key to unlock the world. Kay F. Solomon Department of Biblical Studies The Westminster Schools Atlanta, Georgia