I teach third grade "English" (a reading comprehension class taught with a basal reader) to a class of 5 below level readers. I LOVE THIS CLASS! They have (unfortunately) been pushed through BIS and it really isn't their fault that they are not advancing in English as fast as others.
A few weeks back I was reading aloud. While I read they have to highlight words that they don't understand or know. After I finished the short story we go back through page by page and talk about the vocabulary words they highlighted. I pick 10 of these words and they become the spelling/vocabulary words.
It was a very routine lesson until Edison raised his hand with the word mustache. For whatever reason I could not contain myself. I was SO excited to teach them about the 'ol soup-strainer.
I began by drawing little mustaches on the white board.... Then I drew one on my finger and put it up to my lip. Hilarious! Edison quickly chimed in and wanted a "mustache service". Meaning he wanted me to draw a mustache on his finger too. As the class lined up and picked their mustache, we all had a good laugh. I drew a mustache of their choice on the outside of their finger and wrote the word on the inside.
Here we all in all of our glory.....quite the group.
Interactive learning at it's best. :)
Brian loved his mustache so much he practically glued his finger to his face. I took this picture while we were reading the story aloud after the "mustache service".