Tuesday, January 26, 2016

#WeirdEd Week 92- If You Give a Weirdo an EdChat

If you give a weirdo and edchat, he's gonna want it to be the best.
And if he wants it to be the best, he's gonna try to break some rules.
And if he tries to break some rules some will go better than others.
And if some go better than others that's going to make him want to keep pushing and challenging the friends who come to play.
And if friends come to play that'll make the edchat a lot of fun.
And if the edchat is a lot of fun it'll be the best.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond (people always forget to give love to illustrators, don't do that), is the Wife's favorite children's book. Before she became a stay-at-home mom to the Weirdlings she was a pre-k special ed teacher and she read it all the time. Now she and I trade off reading it to the Weirdlings because we love it and they love it. It's a perfect example of an incredibly simple concept taken to logical extremes. It's a book that makes authors pull their hair out because they should have though of it.

It's also a great cause and effect lesson. Like, bring it out in class to teach the concept. Why not? Have kids write other things the mouse could have done instead of what the mouse did. As long as it works within the cause ad effect rules let them run with it. See how one small change brings the whole thing to a completely different place. Go crazy.

This week I'll posit various, "If you ___ a ___ a ___..." questions and I want to see where we go. I'd link all the questions together but I think that will become too unwieldy and hurt conversation. Maybe as I'm writing the questions (blog always comes first so I know what we're talking about before I start) I'll figure out a way to domino every Q together.

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