I actually taught this Lesson on Monday, while Tropical Storm Isaac was flying up the West Coast of Florida. I live on the East Coast and we were getting hit with the outer bands of the storm. Needless to say, I wish I had packed (or owned) some galoshes!
If you have read The Daily 5, you know about this lesson. If you haven't, it's a great model for kids on choosing books that are "just-right" or a "good-fit" for them.
So here is how the lesson went:
I filled my new "Expand-a-Tote Day Extender" from 31 with a bunch of different shoes. (just a side-note, this bag is awesome!!!)
I started out by talking about the shoes I was wearing. It was storming out. I said to my class "Do you think Mrs. Berggren wore the right shoes to school today?" Of course they all responded with a resounding "NO!" and giggles.
As I pulled out each different pair of shoes, I talked about why I like them and their purpose.
My sandals are great for work, because it's still hot outside and they have a strap. Plus they "fit" me.
I asked the class what they think I can do in my "kicks". Responses ranged all in the sports area, soccer, running, basketball. I asked if they thought I could swim in them? Again, lots of giggles and a big "NO!"
I told the class these were my fancy shoes! I asked them where they think I can wear them. When I asked " Do you think I can play soccer in these?" again, the response was a big "NO!"
I pulled out my most worn and comfy pair of flip-flops. I wore these puppies all summer to the beach and pool. Of course, you can see how "loved' these are.
Lastly, I pulled out my husband's size 13 dress shoes. (I kind of felt like Mary Poppins with the magic carpet bag) More giggles, because his shoes look pretty large to a 6 year old. I asked the class if they thought these belonged to me. Thankfully, they all figured out that these were not mine.
After I showed them the shoes I picked up each one and compared it to a book. My everyday sandals, were the books I can read everyday, on my level. The sneakers, were like books that are interesting to me, with information I want to learn. (non-fiction books) My high heels, were books with "fancy" words in them. Books, I want to challenge myself with, but still "fit" me. My worn down beach flip-flops, was my favorite book, that I love to read over and over again. Lastly, My husband's shoes was a book, that was NOT "just-right" for me. My husband might like them, but I wouldn't be able to walk in them. I asked a student if he thought he could wear them. And of course it was an easy answer. I'm pretty sure, now that they have seen all of these shoes, when I ask them, if their book Fits, they will know what I mean. I can always bring back the visual of each shoe, to help them out when choosing their books to read.