I was going to prep my advanced kids for the next chapter we’re reading today, but instead got distracted this morning by an article in the newspaper about a Chinese coin that archeologists discovered near Whitehorse. I did a quick google search in Russian for “Chinese coin in Alaska” and found three articles immediately on the discovery. One of them had all sorts of words with roots from recent structures, so we started a story about our class archeologist digging for potatoes in a glacier under China, where the government had invited her to look for koala bears. She found a Norwegian unicorn coin there. Our singing Ninja jumped out at that point and made a nice division in the hour, so we didn’t really get to a story. It was more like a one-word picture based around the word “coin.” Then we read the article, which had lots of words having to do with traders, connections, merchants, and government. I pulled out one sentence that I’ll do in Scaffolding Literacy style with them tomorrow because it so beautifully illustrates the way that Russians put the most important stuff last.
We ended up singing two songs today (eighty-five minute class), both of which had some of these same structures in them, but we’d not noticed them until now. Kids were having ah-ha moments all over the place…I love the way that it’s okay to just follow what comes up and high-frequency structures will keep appearing.