By the second day of school, my new Rm. 202 friends were already asking me about why we didn’t have a class pet. What?? Were they serious? They had found out about Mrs. L’s turtle, Javy (because of a sibling we have in 4th grade), and many had seen Ms. Turken’s water turtle, Bradford, who lives next door to us in Rm. 203. And so already my friends were turtle-crazy.
The problem? It was the second day of school, I didn’t have a turtle, nor did I really know anything about them (or had we decided yet as a class if we needed one or could take care of it!). So Ms. Turken and I devised a little plan: her class was going to learn about turtles anyway, because of Bradford and their interest in them, and they could teach us about what we might need to know about what would be the best kind of turtle to have as a pet (I had noticed that Mrs. L’s turtle–who is actually a “cousin” to Bradford–is a box turtle, as opposed to Bradford, who is a water turtle): box or water.
Well, they worked and researched and wondered and wrote and last Friday they were ready to share their information with us. They came over after lunch on our half day to present their research. We were SUPER impressed with how organized and professional they were with their words and how well they used the microphone, stood so we could see them, and were so quiet and listening when it wasn’t their turn. Again a group of first graders was knocking my socks off!
Like I said, Rm. 203 friends were SUPER turtle researchers and taught us a lot. And yes, now our turtle craze is even greater than before. We even found this book to read together to teach us more:
And luckily, I now also have a connection to a turtle. Updates to follow on whether or not a turtle joins the Rm. 202 family to come….:)