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Two Writing Teachers
Our day was already scattered, so I tried to keep an even head. Specials moved to the morning, lunch time delayed by a lunch delivery dilemma. Indoor recess, again. I kept moving the students between the carpet and desks as we completed a writing lesson, talked science, worked through math rotations, guided reading and Daily 5 (with one major student meltdown).
Then it happened. I introduced the essential question of the week from our reading series ... "how do animal's bodies help them?"
You would have thought that I had a classroom of zoologists.
I'm not kidding.
These first graders were tossing words like camouflage, acacia leaves, muscular legs.
Some were discussing at their tables the difference between cheetahs, jaguars and leopards.
They talked about snakes, birds, elephants, and giraffes.
I couldn't keep up with all the conversations.
I knew I had a few animal experts, but this was amazing.
At it all happened 20 minutes before we had to get ready to go home.
What an inspiring way to finish our day. I can only guess which book basket will be empty by first bell tomorrow morning!