Animal Kingdom Bears Fruit

| Learning | July 24, 2013

(We’re reading a short story in literature class, when one student comes across a word he doesn’t know.)

Student #1: “Miss, what’s an antelope?”

Me: “What do you think it might be?”

Student #1: “I think it’s an animal, because the sentence also talks about giraffes and zebras and lions.”

Me: “Good use of context clues, [student #1]! Yes, an antelope is an animal.”

Student #2: “No it isn’t!”

Me: “Sorry?”

Student #2: “It’s not an animal.”

Me: “Um, yes it is. It’s kind of like a deer.”

Student #2: “No, it’s a fruit.”

(I have to stop and think for a second.)

Me: “No, honey. That’s a cantaloupe.”

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