Having realized that a few struggling readers were left behind in the intermediate class yesterday, I was going to make sure that we had actors today and that we were going slowly. As it turned out, one kid walked in with a real Halloween face, and we ended up telling his story. No one missed it! When he walked in, he had red all over his face and a hospital-white mesh glove on. He and his dad had been skating on a nearby lake, popping open methane holes and lighting them on fire. Yeah…you know what happened next…they set fire to one that was just too big. Both of them ended up burnt. I am so sorry for that dad. No way did he expect that could happen.
There are a lot of high-frequency words (and Alaskan high-frequency words) in that story…enough that the unusual ones got into brains really quickly.
We did end up telling the story of Alma, a little more quickly than might have been expected, because we ran out of time. It’s always more interesting to find out what really happened to kids.