See this little gadget? Looks pretty harmless doesn't it.
Usually it is. Unless a student sticks his finger in the hole. Yep, that happened today. No biggie, right? Well, I tried several things to get that sweet little finger out of that hole, but nothing worked. My student begins to panic and tries to yank his finger out. Well, that just maks everything worse. Then, I notice his finger seems to be turning purple. Now, I'm starting to panic. So I did what every teacher at my school does. You go to the secretary. We all know that the secretary runs the school, but ours runs everything. She is amazing. I run into the office with my sweet friend by the hand and she sees my panic. I show her his hand, and before I can get 2 words out she hands me the wooden bead. I was so stunned! I'm not sure who was more relieved, me or my student.
After I recovered from my panic attack, I had this cute little Easter Egg reading activity ready for my students. While the kids were in lunch, I had an older student hide this basket of eggs in throughout my room.
After lunch, the kids got to go on an egg hunt. They were all so excited. They tried very hard to follow the "no running" rule. After we found all of the eggs, we collected them back into the basket. Students picked one egg at a time, took it to their seat, and recorded all of the word family words that were on their egg. Then, they chose two words from each egg to illustrate. (Each egg had a different word family.) Here's a close up of a few eggs.
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