For many reasons, Show and Tell is a great learning activity ...
For one thing, students develop confidence in speaking to a group. And it builds various language skills, including listening skills … something that most definitely needs improving, especially in the first grade.
Today, during Show and Tell, Loegan was showing a fifty-cent piece when Joe Joe jumped from his seat, his fingers balled into fists. “Hey, THAT’S MINE!” He roared like a lion and charged.
I lunged across the classroom trying to beat Joe Joe to where Loegan stood.
“Stop, Joe Joe!” I said. “If you have a problem, you know this is NOT how we handle it.”
“Give me my money!” he said, sneering.
I stood between the two boys, facing Joe Joe. “You have something to say? Yes? Well, go sit. RIGHT NOW.”
He made a low growling sound in his throat and took a threatening step forward.
Never once looking at me, he tried his best to look around me at Loegan.
I stood firmly – calmly and quietly – pointing to his seat which was across the room on row one.
Finally, he grunted his way down the aisle – the veins in his neck bulging out – as he made it back to his seat. “He better give it back!”
After he sat, I asked, “Did you lose some money?”
“Yeah, I did! And he’s got it!”
Downplaying the problem, Loegan said, “This is my money. Honest.”
Approaching Joe Joe, I asked, “WHY do you think Loegan may have your coin?”
“Cause …” he spat between clenched teeth, “mine looks JUST LIKE that one!”
It was Martin’s turn to speak, but he was having difficulty. Suddenly the water-toy he was showing started leaking water everywhere. He examined it all over.
“Oh, shoot,” he drawled. “This thang ain’t got no lid-top on its bottom!”
Then, proudly, Weesie showed her piece of new jewelry.
“This is my bracelet … with a tick-tock on it.”
Frowning, Stevie glared at me. “A tick tock?”
“Shhh,” I whispered.
“Yeah,” Weesie continued, “a clock … a little clock.”
“Oh, you mean a WATCH!” he boomed.
“Huh?” A look of confusion crossed her face.
Trying to give her a clue, Stevie pointed to a spot on his wrist and said, “Watch.”
“Huh?” she asked again. “Watch what?”
Tommy was already in front of the class when he pulled out a small tool for Show and Tell.
“Oh, come here,” I said. “What are you doing with PLIERS at school?”
“That ain’t nuttin,“ he assured me. “You take pliers to un-ranch stuff.”
Stevie brought a colorful 5 X 7 picture to show.
“I made this picture with my cam-ra.” He held it high for all to see.
“Look,” he said, pointing to something in the picture. “Them’s geeses right there … Ya’ll know what geeses is?”
When no one answered, he was glad to explain.
“That’s when you got a WHOLE BUNCH of gooses!”
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