Have you ever heard a term or a phrase and fallen in love with it instantly? Well that happened to me today. I read a story about The Greedy Python to a group of students. Afterward I asked the students if they thought the story was fiction or non-fiction and they instantly replied fiction. I was so amazed that such a young group of students knew the answer so quickly. The teacher responded that her class is working on their smarticles.
The word reminded me of barnicles from Spongebob. I love the word so much and the way that she used it, that I am going to use it. I have a group of students that I tutor in reading everyday that are working on their smarticles and they certainly are smart.
Today I had the wonderful pleasure to read to Mrs. Magyar’s 1st grade computer class in New york. I was so jealous to hear that many of the students have had the wonderful opportunity to see the Thanksgiving Parade live instead of just on t.v. What an awesome opportunity for them.
These students have been learning about Eric Carle and have read some of his amazing books like Pancake, Pancake, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Clumsy Cricket, and Papa, Please Get me the Moon. I explained to the children that Eric Carle is both an author and an illustrator. In the book that I shared with them, The Greedy Python, Carle is the illustrator. The Greedy Python is sooo greedy that he eats many animals including an elephant. Click on the video below to see what he ends up eating. The surprise ending is hilarious.