What Does "Grazing" Mean?

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  1. samrangel

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    I had a enlightening moment yesterday with my seven-year-old. He came to me with his homework packet, saying, "Daddy, I can't find the answer to this question."

    He handed me a worksheet with a picture of two hippos in a grassy field next to a lake. The question he was having problems with was, Where do the hippos eat?

    He said that he couldn't find the answer in the story above the picture. I read the story, and saw the answer right away. The sentence stated, "The hippos were grazing by the lake."

    I was a little surprised that he couldn't answer the question, so I asked him to read the section with the sentence aloud to me. He did, and still he didn't know the answer to the question, Where do the hippos eat?

    Then it hit me. He didn't know what the word "grazing" meant. It wasn't a new vocabulary word. The creators of the worksheet evidently assumed that second-graders knew what "grazing" meant.

    So I asked him, do you know what "grazing" means?

    He said yes.

    Now I was really confused.

    That's when I asked him.

    "What does "grazing" mean?

    He smiled and said, "Making out."




    I laughed too.

    Evidently, he understood the passage in the story to mean that these two hippos in the picture were in the grass by the lake making out.

    I'm laughing too.

    Here's the lesson I learned for my classes: Never assume that students know even the most obvious words. I've run into this a lot in my classroom, so I'm always asking the question, "How many know what this word means?" Just because we know what a particular word means doesn't mean that the kids know it also. I just never expected to be reminded of this lesson so close to home.

    Thanks,
    Got to go graze.

    Sam
     
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  3. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    This made me laugh. Like, really hard.

    :lol:
     
  4. 2ndTimeAround

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    I was teaching about parasites last month. A test question read something like "to the detriment of an organism." Very few tenth graders knew what detriment meant. After the second student asked me about it I asked the class as a whole.

    My students are always laughing about my vocabulary words during lecture. But... I figure that some of my words are bound to show up on the SAT at some point and time ;)
     
  5. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Was it a question designed to see if kids could figure out the meanings of words in context?
     
  6. Ima Teacher

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    I once stumped a group of 6th graders with "assess".
     
  7. Upsadaisy

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    That is priceless, Sam. Your advice is right on.
     
  8. TeacherSandra

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    I enjoyed that Sam; thanks! :lol:
     
  9. Bored of Ed

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    I'm a city girl. I'm not so surprised that a second grader doesn't know what grazing means. Why would they? It's not an especially common word, especially if you don't live on a farm, and from what you've shared there doesn't seem to be any other context to support the word "graze."

    But yes, I laughed too ;)
     
  10. samrangel

    samrangel Rookie

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    I'm still curious where my 7 year old learned about making out.
     
  11. blazer

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    In my school it wouldn't be detriment that caused the problem but organism! Most of my kids would read that as orgasm!
     
  12. TeacherNY

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    My friend emailed me saying she was reading out of a Science book about Organisms and accidentally said the "other" word LOL
     
  13. bros

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    They didn't know detriment?

    Wow.

    I'm guessing the sentence wasn't context-clue friendly?
     

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