If you are anything like the staff of the Technology Fridge, you are 1) cool; 2) old enough to know better...but not overly moldy; and, 3) about to start school. Today we are dishing up an old favorite that could be a great introductory lesson: Care Bears. Care Bears, you say? Oh yes.
At the end of last year, one of my students showed me the Care Bears website. She thought it was very cool, and we all got hooked on finding out which Care Bear we were most like. We even brought our principal in to give her the test. We were just as shocked as she to find out she was most like Cheer Bear.
So what in the world does this have to do with language? Simple, of course. Students LOVED figuring out which bear they were. In fact, we had them write a short story describing their bear and how it related to their own life. Even the "tough" boys wrote about how they were most like Funshine Bear (which was my bear, in case you were wondering). The "tougher" boys were allowed to come up with their own (never "ice down" creativity) bears as long as they could come up with criteria for that bear. This activity would be a great way to get to know your students, engage them in some online "research," and show them that not every part of this year will be assessments!