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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Story webs

I was in the classroom again today, and his time I was helping the kids with Story Webs. A Story Web is like the first grade equivalent of an outline. The circle in the center is the main idea and the lines that radiate out from the center are supporting ideas. My job was to work with the kids on their webs and make sure that their supporting ideas made sense, ask probing questions if they were stuck, and check for spelling and grammar if all else was in order.

I worked with a little girl who was writing a report on the octopus. She had listed five facts about the octopus:

1) Hides to stay safe
2) Spits black ink if he gets scared
3) Has three hearts
4) Lives in saltwater
5) The fifth fact?

I included the Story Web for you...
Sorry about the wrinkled paper... I had to, ahem, recycle it...
Any guesses??




Drum roll ....

5) He has eight legs called testicles

Tee hee hee!
Can I get a rim shot, please?!
My maturity is really one of the highlights of my personality. I'm sure my mom is thrilled...

60 comments:

Laoch of Chicago said...
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Laoch of Chicago said...

Scary to think of one's mom reading one's blog.

Yaya said...

Testicles! Hahaha!

Once time when I was in primary school I wrote a detailed story about how my brother spilled his cologne all over and I went on and on about this cologne. Only in my story I spelled it "Colon" and my teacher was dying laughing. I didn't understand why it was funny at the time...I get it now.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I thought you were going to make us guess the fifth one - the bottom line in the middle since the words aren't in the picture...but then I did a double take on the line in the upper left...ROTFLMAO!!!

Princess Nagger will be in 1st grade when school starts in the fall...I can't wait to see what creative things she comes up with like that... ;)

You know what's also funny? I distinctly remember having one of my managers use one of those 'Story Webs' on the white board during one of our staff meetings when I was still in the Corporate World... ;)

Tsquared417 said...

That is too cute!!

Tina said...

Too funny! It's amazing how funny an innocent child's mistake can be. Now, of course if you were talking about slightly older kids, I'd wonder just how innocent it was!

K said...

So funny!

I can't wait until my son gets a little older.

ck said...

I'm sure all of the other octopi were jealous of this 8-testicle-wonder.

Sandy said...

As Art L used to say "Kids say the darndest things!" Thanks for the chuckle.

Pam said...

Moments like this make volunteering in elementary school worth it!

The Rambler said...

All I can say is

AWESOMEEEEEE :)

She wrote testicles.

tee hee back at you!!

countryfriedmama said...

With eight testicles, you wouldn't think the octopus would have to hide to stay safe. He'd be kickin' butt all over the ocean!

TheKitchenWitch said...

The Eight-Testicled-Octopus enjoyed his status in the ocean for many years. However, when he turned 50 and began needing yearly prostate exams, he realized the downside.

Lindy said...

poor, poor octopus.

He's just showing off now what with his 8 testicles and all.

Cheffie-Mom said...

Hahahhahahaha!! Kids say the darndest things!!

Gibby said...

Can you imagine the pain if his octopus wife made him get a vasectomy??

(My daughter did Story Webs, too. I thought they were pretty neat. Perhaps I should use the same concept for my posts...)

Riddle Girl said...

I think we can all appreciate the humor in strange body type things.
Too funny!

(But ew the thought of 8 on a human-ick!)

for a different kind of girl said...

OMG! I couldn't have raced home fast enough with this to blog about! Seth, my inner 14 year old boy, and I salute and thank you for this!

Danielle said...

Priceless. If I were your mom, I would be proud. :)

JoeinVegas said...

And just how old are your kids?

Mary K Brennan said...

I've heard of being in the train line when they're handing out brains.
I wonder what line this octopus got into? Lucky guy.
This is a riot!

beth said...

so funny! yaya - i STILL didn't get what was funny about your story for a minute. i get it now htough, colon, as in internal organ. got it! (note to self...need to speak to more adults more often.)

Ink said...

HA! Ba dum pum.

Volunteering has provided you with amazing tales this year! Who says giving back doesn't, um, give back?

Kristina P. said...

I hope that you pointed at him, and laughed and ridiculed him in front of his peers.

Jen said...

so totally awesome!!! I have about the same maturity level.

zelzee said...

I just love this age!

They are more entertaining than a comedy club!

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

Oh how I love to laugh so hard that snot spews onto my screen. That is fabulous! Hahaha!

Meg said...

Three hearts and eight testicles? What a stud. Can you hook me up?

the ungourmet said...

Too Funny! No wonder the sea is overrun with octopi! :0)

For a moment there I forgot about the year round school thing and I was saying to myself, "When the heck do her kids get out of school???".

Nicole said...

That is so incredibly funny! Oh my gosh.. I can't wait to be a teacher...

Grant said...

They also make great sushi.

Anonymous said...

U sure would miss out if u stayed home. Love MOM

WhisperingWriter said...

That sort of thing would amuse me too. I still laugh at fart jokes after all.

MadMad said...

Too funny! Can't believe you didn't send it home to her mommy, hahaha!

Zeemaid said...

hilarious! I love your classroom stories. E will be in grade one next year.. I can't wait to see what they come up with.

you have totally inspired me to volunteer!

Hit 40 said...

Children!!! When they get older....

it just gets really crude!!

The Blonde Duck said...

I had to do a double take!

faemom said...

LOL. Well,at least she didn't do it on purpose.

insider53 said...

Do you notice that moms spend a lot of time blogging about "that certain part of the anatomy" Do you think we are jealous of the squid or just find them and endless source of amusement.

Grand Pooba said...

Oh dear! What did her mother have to say, lol!

Ann's Rants said...

That is too too good.

Oh and YOUR new profile pic is gorgeous!

Susie said...

Too funny!!

FranticMommy said...

Ha! I'll bet that octopus got lots of DATES! Too cute! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

sahm-i-am said...

This story web is a keeper. If I were this 1st-grader's mom and got a hold of this poster, I'd be saving it for the speech and slideshow on her little girl's future wedding day. Priceless!

LadyFi said...

I just love the things kids say...

That makes me very mature too, right?

peewee said...

I am SO GLAD you included the picture. Says it all. ANd I LOVE that you had to dumpster dive for it! heh heh. YOU are a true blogger!!

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