your curly-headed contributor, Suzanne
I know I shouldn't.
I know it's wrong.
My attention should be divided evenly among everyone in my classroom.
But I couldn't help myself!
I have a teacher's pet.
He is never any trouble, a good listener, and good looking to boot.
I even have a picture of this golden boy...
Pepe is the prepositional pinata. I started the year off with our sentence manipulatives and a refresher on sentence types. In having students code sentences, namely marking subjects and verbs, it became evident that student's needed a mini-lesson on prepositions and prepositional phrases. The co-teacher that I work with, Jacklyn, gave me the idea for Pepe. She had a prepositional puppy used in a classroom to teach prepositions. Oddly enough, I didn't have access to a puppy but did have a mini pinata lying around. Don't ask. Thus, Pepe was born.
Pepe sits in the chair, on the desk, beside the computer, and among friends. It is a quick and easy reminder about prepositional phrases and that our subject and verb will not be found in one. He also hangs around our class, available for a re-teach moment whenever the need arises. What a guy!