Breaking News in the 3rd Grade - 03/14/14
I recently had the privilege of reading to a group of 3rd graders in Antioch at Mt. View Elementary.
One of the things I do when I read stories or short books to students is to bring along scripts from our morning show so that they can have the chance to read them -- as if they're actually doing the news themselves. This is always greeted with excitement and everybody gets into the spirit of the moment and roots for the first-ever news reader.
In Mrs. Eady's class, I brought along a story that we had done that morning about how Metro schools were going to make up a snow day by going to school on Monday, March 17th. I didn't think about the topic until I heard the response.
As soon as the student read the story, I heard gasps of "Oh, no!" and "What?"
It was the first time they were finding out that they would be going to school on that day -- instead of having the day off. I felt bad for a moment, but it was also kind of funny. It was truly like breaking news in a third grade class with a news program.
It may have been the first time they ever realize that what's we talk about in the news can actually affect them.
I hope they have a very fast day on Monday when they're in class and not on a vacation day.