We're reading a story this week about Tomas Rivera (a famous author). I sat my first graders down in a circle in front of me and we all opened our books.
The first line read: "Tomas Rivera was born in Texas."
I paused dramatically, wanting them to make a personal connection like 'hey, that's where we live!' So I said:
"Tomas Rivera was born in TEXAS?! Where do WE live?"
The responses were just as enthusiastic as my question and were shouted triumphantly and simultaneously by three of my students: