Thursday, January 19, 2012

Indoor Recess Research

This morning, a student came up to me and asked if she would be able to conduct research during indoor recess.  Of course, I teach reading, and what reading teacher would say no to that?!  Right?!  So, I asked her what her research plans were.  She said, "I've been watching this show about Bigfoot-- it's called "Finding Bigfoot", and I really believe that he truly does exist.  So, I want to conduct some research to prove it.  I even called a team of investigators, and they are coming to Ohio!  My grandma said she might even take me to see it!  I might be part of their team!!!" Okay friends, at this point,  it was sooooo difficult not to erupt into uncontrollable laughter, but I managed.  BIGFOOT!  I LOVE IT!

So, long story short, I said that indoor recess would be a wonderful time to work on her project.  Of course, then she asked if she could see if other students would be interested in joining her "Finding Bigfoot Crew".  My response? "Sure sweetheart, that would be okay as long as this stays in recess!  Other kids are playing board games and drawing, so I think that doing official bigfoot research would be totally okay too!"  Okay, seriously, this is a big deal now.  I live in Ohio.  It is snowing and freezing and storming.  So, needless to say, half of my class wants to be in this bigfoot crew.  Surprisingly, mostly my girls!  I am a happy teacher simply because they are so into it, and they are reading and writing for a real purpose!  The ringleader is a student who struggles a little bit with our literacy component, so I am SO beyond thrilled that she is the one facilitating this research crew.  As I have been informed, this is a crew, and it is totally different than a club, because they are actually searching for clues and using Science.  Now you know.  :)

Last year, some of you may remember reading about the Invasion of the American Girl Dolls, and I swear every year, there's some kind of quirky little thing that I am chomping at the bits to document and remember forever.  This year, this is it!  This is one of those moments that you just hold on to on days when everything is a little, well, rough.  Because we all need to remember to look at our world through the eyes of a child every now and then, and because we need to remember that curiosity is a wonderful attribute, here it is for your viewing pleasure.  Ladies and gents, this is the official "Finding Bigfoot Crouw Crew Binder".   Precious!





Just in case you're wondering about this, you're looking at deer bones.  The "evidence" found near my student's home.  :) Ha.

20 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! That is so funny and precious. I hope her research goes well. It's suprising to see what kids are interested in.

    Swimming into Second

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  2. That is too funny! What kids come up with and what sparks their interest! I also live in Ohio so I wonder if they will find out if Bigfoot really does live in our state!!:)

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  3. I love it! I hope her enthusiasm continues:).

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  4. Oh my gosh how funny! I love the official binder! Thanks for sharing :)

    Abby
    Msalleysclass.blogspot.com

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  5. This is the CUTEST thing I've ever seen! You were so smart to record it on your blog to remember in the future!
    Kristen

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  6. I love this!! Such creativity!! P.s. Can u send some of that snow my way?!! I am in need of a snow day in a bad way!!!
    Darlininfirst.blogspot.com

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  7. Too super adorable:) Hey, I saw Author's Purpose cards on Pinterest and they said they were from here but I can't find them...I looked on your store too...maybe I'm not looking in the right place??

    4th Grade Frolics

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  8. PRECIOUS!!!!

    Don't you just love the way kids think. :)

    Katy
    Kindergarten Katy

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  9. You have the BEST ideas! This is great.

    I absolutely love reading your blog! You have such great ideas. This is my first time giving an award, and I would like to give you the sunshine award. You can read my post if you're interested:) Thanks for keeping up a great blog. Tara
    http://oceansofteachingideas.blogspot.com

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  10. Oh my word, that is adorable!!!! Nothing better than reading and writing for a real purpose. Well, I guess the "real" is debatable but talk about true engagement!
    Jenn
    Finally in First

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  11. My 2nd grade daughter loves this show!!! She is always asking me about "evidence" and if I believe the "facts" given. Wow!!! Talk about hard to encourage when I don't believe a single word of it...glad I'm a teacher so I've got some skills at showing a serious face when I'm laughing inside!!!!! Your lil darlings are learning lots about research and using information--way to go!!!!! Tell them "good hunting"! ;)

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  12. My 2nd grade daughter loves this show!!! She is always asking me about "evidence" and if I believe the "facts" given. Wow!!! Talk about hard to encourage when I don't believe a single word of it...glad I'm a teacher so I've got some skills at showing a serious face when I'm laughing inside!!!!! Your lil darlings are learning lots about research and using information--way to go!!!!! Tell them "good hunting"! ;)

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  13. No joke...one of my students asked this on our way out the door to PE last week...and I quote, "Mrs. Lamb, while we are gone can you find out if Big Foot is real or not?" My reply-"Sure!" Hmmm, maybe this is in the works for me! ahahahah

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  14. Oh, this is so precious. I love it. This story just makes me look forward to getting my own class in just a few years.
    I really like it. Thanks for sharing that cute story.
    Greetings from Germany
    Catrin

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  15. I couldn't help but laugh while reading your post because, just as you said, every year there is something that the students get into that you just want to remember! But, wow, I love how into and serious your students are about finding Bigfoot! It almost makes me want to join their "crouw". :-)

    Kayla
    Primary Junction

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  16. Oh my gosh! I'm having a very TRYING day with one of my kiddos who has been trying to get me to fight with him ALL. DAY. I'm blog stalking while they are at music- trying to talk myself into pressing on with him for the remained of the day without giving in to him and arguing!

    I needed this laugh SO much!

    Thank you!

    Christina
    Mrs. Bainbridge's Blog

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  17. Now that is funny! It's also a very impressive collection of research.
    Kimberly
    Funky First Grade Fun

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  18. That is hilarious!

    And I loved the doll post! I had an American Girl when I was little, and all of my girls in my class have them now. But they don't have the original ones... they have the ones that look like them. So when I try to talk to them about their dolls, I say, "Oh which one do you have? I have Molly." They're like, "............. What are you even talking about??" Sigh. :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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  19. Oh I love this.....perhaps I could encourage one of my struggling kiddos who is fascinated by aliens to see if SHE can find others who would like to investigate with her. I am a Speech Pathologist and I could really incorporate this into their IEP goals :)

    I'll go read your American Girl posts now...When my daughter was a 2nd grader obsessed with KIRSTEN it resulted in a 5 day family vacation going on a historical reenactment trip with a group on the Oregon Trail...that little reluctant reader of mine just completed her BA at a prestigious private university and we say "Thank-You to Kirsten"

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