and no, i didn't let him

It was Friday afternoon, and I had something fun planned. All week, we had been reading a story called "All That Corn" (about how corn gets from the farm to our table). I decided that it would a good language exercise and a good writing exercise to compare and contrast unpopped kernels of corn with popcorn. (With a tasting too, of course!)

I had secretly popped a bag of popcorn right before picking up my six students for Language Arts. Once we finished our other activities, I pulled out an unpopped bag of microwave popcorn (still in its' plastic seal). Everyone got really excited and "Miguel" asked: "We eat it now??"

"Right now?" I prompted. Most of the other kids were like: "Nooooo!" but Miguel just kept nodding his head. I ignored the five others, who clearly knew that it needed to be cooked first, and zeroed in on this teachable moment with Miguel.

"You want to eat it right now?" I said as I started opening the plastic wrapping.

He nodded.

"Are you sure you want to eat it right now?" I tore open the top of the bag and poured some corn kernels onto a paper plate.

I pushed the plate full of hard, dry corn kernels toward Miguel among the chorus of "Noooos" from his classmates.

He looked around defensively, then declared "I will eat it!"

10 comments:

Sharlene T. said...

NO, no, no! You can't stop there! What did Miguel do?... Come visit when you can...

Sarah Garb said...

I mean--Miguel couldn't back down at that point.....

Kids eat all kinds of weird stuff! I found a kid on Friday with a pencil lead in his mouth. Why?!

Tickled Pink said...

Haha Too funny. I did a post about "All that Corn" in our classroom a few weeks back. Such a fun week for the kids!

Maranda said...

LOL! I know the title says you didn't let him...but I need to know what happened next!

Anonymous said...

I know some adults exactly like that. No, I won't name names!!

Sarah said...

Okay... I didn't realize I left things on such a cliffhanger :). What happened is that I said "Noooo" and took the plate back. Then I had my lovely assistant (aide) go get the popped bag of popcorn I had stashed in the other room. Everyone cheered!

I think Miguel was a little relieved...

Charlotte said...

Ha! Good thing you didn't let him eat it that way. (Although I have to confess to sucking on the unpopped kernels sometimes to get the butter and salt off, I'm a health nut that way!)

Mrs. Fine said...

Ah, the famous defensive look our kids get. Luckily you were able to provide a safe out! :-) Have a good week.

Sandra said...

some kids will do anything to save face. You sort of have to give him credit.
Thanks for dropping by my blog! I will be reading all of the entries from the contest and I can't wait to read yours!

Julia said...

Oh goodness - I want to know what the reaction was from the others as well. I'm keen to know what they thought of the cooked stuff as well. So glad I've found your blog! Will be a regular in class!

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