My goal this weekend is to not stress about it. (Our Open House is on Wednesday next week...)
Then of course, Spring Break! I can't wait!!!
Anyways, I've been doing my best to incorporate the Common Core standards into my curriculum this year. (Did your district adopt them yet???)
I had this
The kids were going to writing to this prompt:
In your opinion, what pet should we get?
And oh boy, did this start some
We talked about how an opinion is something that cannot be proved; it's something you think, but not everyone else has to agree. (I've talked about this a million times this year, but it never stuck....It did today, though!)
And I wanted them to make an informed decision about the pet they choose to write about, so....
I posted QR codes for different websites; some about hamsters as pets, some about beta fish, and some about hermit crabs.
This kids walked around with their iPods and read about each pet.
And oh my goodness..... I have never seen them so excited about anything in my whole entire life. :-)
They were talking, discussing, excited, arguing, reading, and writing about what pet we should get (Everything a teacher wants to see happening!!!!)
I heard things like:
"We should get a hermit crab because they can hang onto your shirt while you walk around"
"We should get a hamster because they're cute and fuzzy and eat vegetables."
"The hermit crabs are really cheap. I'll have my mom buy it for our class!"
"We shouldn't get a hamster because they're nocturnal so they'll sleep all day and we won't even be able to see it because it'll be sleeping all day."
"We should get a hermit crab because you can teach them to do tricks!" (I'm not sure about that!?!?!...but whatever???)
No one was interested in the fish. Poor fish. Oh well.
Anyways, it was one of those moments where I just stepped back and wished the principal or superintendent or the secretary or a parent or someone, anyone would come in to see what was going on. No one did, but still. I'm sharing it with you, and you can appreciate the beauty of this, right? :)
But now, here's my delema. We have to get a class pet. I should've thought this through better. I don't want a class pet. That means I'll have to take care of it. And keep it alive. And I don't have a very great track record of keeping things alive in our classroom. (This does not include kids!!!!) It does include two tadpoles belly up in the tank, 23 very dead flowers that we each planted for mothers day that never made it home, and an ant farm that lasted for about four hours. I'm nervous about this. I think I would be okay with the hermit crabs. They seem easy. I'm not sure about the hamster, though. A little bit they creep me out. (Don't judge me!!!) Something about their resemblance to mice and rats...
But I wanted to keep the momentum going, so I wasn't about to tell them that we weren't going to get a pet at the end of all this. As Reagan would say, I don't want to be a dream squasher! And if it motivates them to write, then fine. I can live with that. I just hope I can keep the darn pet alive.
On Monday we'll start the prewrite and continue to persuade, or give our opinion, or whatever it is about what pet we should get. I can't wait to see where this goes.
My helper thought it was ridiculous that I didn't include corgis as one of our pet choices...
Anyways, do you have a class pet??? Any suggestions...???? What have I gotten myself into...???