This week we have been testing...high stakes testing: ISTEP. Today is Friday and we have just one short test to take, and then we are having popcorn! Is there anything that sets the tastebuds salivating like a Pavlov dog than popcorn? When anyone at school pops, everyone is asking where is the popcorn? Why do they get a party? Do we?
Today we are celebrating the end of our testing week (the rest of ISTEP is the end of April) with popcorn. The celebratory popcorn party. There will even by m&ms to pour into the popcorn bowl. Peanut m&ms are my favorite except with popcorn, plain only, please. We will watch a movie, too. I found the animated "Secret Garden" on Youtube in its entirety. This was also our anchor text in the 4th grade High Ability program for 9 of my students, so it's also academic, right? :)
Popcorn. Is there anything that perks everyone up more than popcorn? Even my dogs love popcorn. They are so excited when it's popcorn night. We have a "Jimmy" and we call him "Jimmy Popcorn" instead of "Jimmy Crack Corn." He will jump, hop, and chase across the room popped kernel by kernel. It's great activity for bad weather and a dog that needs some exercise. I have an OLD air popper that pops the best corn. Salt won't stick unless I drizzle with olive oil or butter. I prefer the olive oil. I also have a wondrous recipe for peanut butter popcorn. YUM!
So, I am grateful for celebrations. We all need more celebrations and popcorn is cheap and easy. Hope you find a reason to pop some corn this weekend. It's an American tradition! Start poppin'!