We were reading about the Iditarod Race, held in Alaska every year. We came across the word "champion", and because students who are deaf/hard-of-hearing usually have vocabulary difficulties, I stopped to see if anyone knew what that word meant.
"Does anyone know what 'champion' means?"
(No one did).
In a fit of inspiration, I sang this line (hamming it up, as I usually like to do): "Weee are the champions, my frieeeeeends....."
Eight faces stared at me blankly, some clearly confused as to why their teacher had just broken into song. There was deadpan silence for about two seconds.
Then, from the back, one of my fifth graders stated matter-of-factly: "Queen"
Ahhhh, there is hope for this generation after all!!
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