I sat down with one of my leveled reading groups today. Today was the day where I read with a group of about 6 children that are above grade level. They are super smart cookies! I have to bring my ‘A game’ when I work with those kids.
Today’s book for their group was EXTREMELY hard. Full of words that even educated adults rarely come across unless they are into nonfiction literature about the deep ocean. We were using context clues to figure out a few of the words and one of the tools to find an unknown word that they are to use is to take off the suffix if possible. The word had a prefix of ‘sub’ so we found other words that are more familiar that have ‘sub in them: subpar, submerge, submarine, subway, ect. We got to subway and I asked the kids if they knew what a subway was. (keep in mind these are children who can tell you the difference between the growing season of milo and wheat or when to till a field but have never seen a subway…)
The conversation goes like this.
Teacher: What does subpar mean?
Student: Not as good as it should be.
Teacher: Great! You are all so smart! How did I get lucky enough to have kids that are this smart?! What about submarine?
Student: A ship that goes under water. (complete with hand movement showing waves and a ship going under the water)
Teacher: Okay, one more- What about subway. What is a subway?
Student: A place to eat fresh. (with an ornery gleam in his eye)
The back story: They have been extremely full of energy or like complete bumps on a log. I can’t find the happy medium for them. Oh goodness have the children been ornery these past few days! The child DID KNOW what subway was and was just trying to be funny. It worked What a kid! Mr. FunnyMan he is! …….I love these children but I love 3:40 dismissal too. HA!