I began an inferring lesson on Friday with Those Shoes - a great book to show you don't always need everything. We were having so much fun inferring (is that possible?) that I had to stop halfway through because I wanted the students to have some of their own reading time. I set the book on the counter and now we fast forward to Monday. I gather the students in the Hive (our meeting place) and I go to grab the book. IT'S NOT THERE! Now I may be a little more on the chaos side of organization, but I know where my things are! I ask the students if any of them placed it in their book bin. No, was their reply. Do I buy this? Kids, go check your book bins and so began the panic. The book wasn't and isn't mine. I got it from a public library and it's due in three days! I wish you could have been a fly on the wall...fourteen students were running around the room, checking their book bin, a neighbor's book bin, under pillows, in our recycling bin, through our many book baskets. It was no where! I then thought about one student who tends to take things without telling me (most of the time, I don't think it's completely on purpose). In his backpack, I found another book that had also been on the counter. That got me thinking...I called home and sure enough, it was there! I have never been so happy to hear that a book has been found! (I did offer this boy a prize for each book he brings back from home that's mine...we'll see how many prizes I give out.)
On a side comment, I told the class I'd probably have to spend $25 on a new book and one boy told me he'd give me his four dollars. I love my class!