Since the the weather out side is still frightful, my class (as well as the rest of the 6th grade) have been participating in “indoor recess”. It’s a mad house to say the least. During this time there is one girl who always comes to my room and talks to me about Animal Crossing: New Leaf, a life sim game for the 3DS that features animal neighbors. I’ve put hundreds of hours into the Animal Crossing series and this particular girl loves to ask me questions about the game or simply bend my ear about fish she’s caught or fossils she’s uncovered.
Today she was telling me about a spring festival that was going on in her town. This festival is also the arrival of…
This fellow, known as Pavé.
The student showed me her 3DS screen and said, “Have you seen this peacock guy before?”
I confirmed that I had and asked her what she thought of him.
She leaned in close and whispered, “Well, at first I thought he was a girl. Because he’s kind of dressed like a girl…“
“He does have on some interesting clothing,” I agreed.
“Well, I wanted to know why he looked so funny,” she said, “So I went online and looked up stuff about boy peacocks and it turns out they’re the only one who are all crazy and colorful. They do it to attract girl peacocks! Isn’t that crazy?”
Isn’t it great that this game (which is packed full of great dialogue for reading practice by the way) peaked this young lady’s interest to the point of research? Just goes to show that you never know where students will find inspiration.
Now. Let’s all dance!