I’ve been teaching about the dinosaurs for, oh, about a month now since it appeared in our book as a (very long) unit. Our book has pretty much centered around the fact that either an asteroid and / or a volcano killed this dinosaurs. Some of my students think the dinosaurs just ate each other and others think they got cold and died. All completely valid thoughts. Not one of them questions their religious teachings of ‘God created Man. Dinosaurs just kinda…appeared…and then disappeared.’ Soooo many questions. Here’s what the book has to say on the matter:
Anyone else LOVE the look on the T-Rex’s face?
At home, I spend a lot of time asking The Canadian One questions that randomly pop into my head. I seem to have an obsession as to where the dinosaurs went and frequently ask the question ‘But WHERE did the dinosaurs go??’. I watched a TED Talk recently on how modern dinosaurs evolved into penguins (my favorite animal). If I can find it again, I’ll link it here.
So imagine my surprise this morning, when on my way to work, I read THIS possible-the-best-headline-ever on my iPhone:
Ohhhhh, FoxNews, how you entertain me
And then further research led to this from the day before:
NOW I have even more questions! Could you imagine a T-Rex operating a spaceship? With his teeny arms and giant head? OMG, somebody needs to make a movie about this!
In a related note, my favorite quote from the Fox article would be:
‘Asteroids have us in their sights. The dinosaurs didn’t have a space program, so they’re not here to talk about this problem. We are.’- Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Quote Friday is a short one today. There was a short school day Tuesday, no school Wednesday, and yesterday and today are both test days.
I walk into class. A kid sits singing the ‘Jaws’ theme tune. I look at him.
Kid: ‘It’s The Zombie King!’
Me: ‘Did you just call me The Zombie King?’
Kid: ‘Yes.’ – without a hint of hesitation
Kid: ‘Because you are THE ZOMBIE KING!!’
Recently there’s been a spate of things going missing in my classroom and as a result, the present box has been moved.
Kid: ‘Where’s the present box?’
Me: ‘Well, it wouldn’t be hidden if I told you, would it?’
I go to the bathroom and come back two minutes later.
Kid: ‘It’s under your desk.’
On my desk are stickers and candy. Kids get stickers if they earn points in class and on Fridays they occasionally get candy. A kid is early to class.
Kid: ‘Can I have a sticker?’
Kid: ‘I did my homework.’
Me: ‘Ok, sure, have a sticker.’
Kid: ‘Ok, can I trade you one sticker for one candy?’
Kid: ‘I give you one sticker, you give me one candy.’
Me: ‘You don’t want the sticker?’
Kid: ‘No, I don’t care about stickers. I want candy.’
Me: ‘Then why did you ask for a sticker?’
Kid: ‘To get candy.’
Me: ‘How about I give you a sticker AND a candy?’
Kid: ‘No, I’ll give you a sticker and you give me candy.’
Me: ‘Umm, sure, ok. But I don’t want the sticker back. Keep the sticker and just take some candy.’
Kid: ‘Can I go to bathroom please?’
Kid 2: ‘Poop or pee?’
Kid: ‘HELP ME!’
Me: ‘Yes, you can go to the bathroom.’
I walk into class. There’s a boy standing under the TV bracing himself for impact while a girl stands on the other side of the room, aiming a foam dice at him.
Girl: ‘He hit me!!’
I look at the boy. He nods.
Me: ‘Ok, but you can’t throw the dice! You might hit the TV! Or my coffee!….Swap sides. Then you can throw the dice.’
The swap sides, the girl under the TV, the boy by the doors. In the best shot ever, she whacks him in the head with the dice.
My grade two class, I hand out the 5 page test papers:
Me: ‘No talking during the test.’
Little girl looks really offended: ‘OF course!!’
Little boy flips through the test: ‘Oh teacher, my head is lazy!’
***Reader Submitted Dino-Pic***