All week long as the kids read a book in my classroom, they fill out a little card and we tape it on the wall. We are making a “bookworm.” This morning I looked up and said, “Wow! You guys have been reading. How many cards are up there?”
Izzy — the laziest kid in the class — jumped out of his seat and ran to the wall. Touching each card he started to count, “One, two, three…” his classmates and I stared in open-mouthed surprise. A couple of kids even pointed at him. “…four, five, si–.” Izzy stopped. Shrugged his shoulders. Looked at me. “A lot,” he said, then he plodded across the room and plunked into his seat. For just a moment I had hoped ….
(Jasmine is in the process of taping the 102nd book card on the wall.)