It all started when I FORGOT to bring an old rotting log...
I introduced decomposing today as part of my pollution/conservation unit, and I wanted to bring in an old, rotting log to hook the kids' attention. Great idea! Until I forgot to go out back and get a stinky, old stick. So there has to be some at school... This is what went through my brain until I got there and saw that of course the grounds crew had just visited our elementary school. Just my luck!
We have a small garden area, so I settled for some rotting leaves and a couple of rotting root stalks.
Five minutes til class and I am set! So excited. The kids will be eager to find out why I have this (even got the old brown banana from last week's lunch), and I put it all on one of my blue science trays.
My science lesson doesn't start until 9, so I just left it on the table.
me- "Y'all look at this!"
class- they look... at my hands holding the decaying leaves
AND THEN A TINY, BLACK LIZARD LEAPS FROM HAND, ON TO THE TABLE, ACROSS THE FLOOR, UNDER THEIR CHAIRS
side note: kids are now standing on their chairs, a few shrieking girls, "I'll get it, I'll get it" from the boys, complete NOW WHAT? in my brain, and I decide we will let it stay.
me- "Let's keep the lizard. He can eat all the bugs we've been seeing. The bugs are probably from the candy you keep bringing in."
class- "KEEP IT?!?!?"
me- "Sure. Lizards don't bite."
hmm---I want them to watch part of Magic School Bus Meets the Rot Squad...in the dark...this won't work.
me- "Morris, please catch the lizard."
COMPLETE CHAOS for 2 minutes
He hands me the lizard. I, of course, drop it.
Second round of chaos...
He hands it to me AGAIN.
They all sit down in shock that I'm holding a lizard.
me-"What are some adaptations of a lizard?" - got to keep it standards based, lol
class-"EWWW! Can we touch it? I don't want to. I do. You're scared of lizards!" and the taunting begins.
me- "I'll put him outside, or you can tell me some adaptations and I'll bring him around."
YEP! GREAT DAY!!!!