Monday, March 4, 2013
THIS JUST IN: THERE HAS BEEN A REPORTED LINK BETWEEN PRINGLES POTATO CHIPS AND THE CHICKEN POX...at least in 3rd grade.
Today while reading "Henry and the Paper Route" (an oldie but a goodie, by Beverly Cleary), we were doing a lesson on predicting, or inferring, what will happen next in the story. Here is how the conversation went:
Me: Why do you think Mrs. McCarthy called Mrs. Huggins to talk about Scooter's paper route?
Turn to your partner and discuss what could have happened.
**Classroom discussion ensues.**
Student: Well, he might be sick.
Me: Great inference! Who agrees? Who disagrees?
**Classroom discussion ensues...some more.** After reading more of the text:
Me: It turns out that you were right! Scooter has the chicken pox, and his mom called Henry's mom to see if Henry could take over his paper route until he gets better!
Student: I had the chicken pox when I was three, and it lasted for about 10 weeks!
Me: It probably seemed like 10 weeks, but usually kids feel better after about 2 weeks.
Student: Yeah, but I caught my chicken pox in a VERY BIZARRE way! My dad was eating a lot of Pringles at the time, and no one in my family knew that he had them? And so he passed them on to me! Only I didn't get Pringles, I got chicken pox instead.
Me: Check with your mom, I'll bet your dad had SHINGLES, and gave you chicken pox that way.
Student: What would SHINGLES have to do with potato chips?
Me: Right. Well, talk to her this evening and see what she says...
Sheesh. Who knew? Just a lesson for us all--eat clean, you never know what's in that processed stuff!
H A P P Y M O N D A Y!!