I'm enthralled watching my small-group kids who are equally enthralled reading about sloths. They are reading and researching silently and don't even know I am watching them!
Sloths, you say? Why SLOTHS?
Our fluency passages currently are all about unusual animals, so when sloths popped up this week, we became very curious. They have been using EPIC as an online reading site, and after reading on EPIC about the lives of sloths, we have found that they are quite interesting: they are very slow (like 6-8 feet in an hour!), they hang from trees, if a predator comes they cannot outrun anything, they have a sleep/happy face, they have a very low metabolism, they live in trees and eat leaves, and - get ready - the best fact of all: they only go to the bathroom once a week!!!!
We're quite intrigued--so intrigued, not a creature (kiddo) is stirring.....we are all silently reading and rather sloth-like now that we have to move on to something else.....but since it's lunch, we can do this!
These dear students of mine do this to me all the time - slow to start, but then you can't get them to move on....homework time at the end of the day, limerick writing, etc. Sloth-like beginning, then stubbornly hanging on when it's time to move on - gotta love it!!
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