I took the first letter of each word in our target sentences, inspiration from Yana, and had the students guess, after explaining that the answer was not just a new word made of assorted letters. Believe me, they read “witps” like they were confident it was a real word. (Answer: Where is the police station?)
Once they caught on it was a bit smoother except for “Ioyl.” It’s on your left.
“Oh it’s I love your… wait.”
“Is love spelled with an O first?” I asked in disbelief.
“I love your leg!” Came a random addition.
“Okay, let’s talk about this,” I said excitedly, gearing up for a brief texting acronym lesson.
“Ily, what does that stand for?”
One boy in the back of the class cut through the quiet thinking with a confident “I love you”.
“Thank you,” I replied sincerely.
I can’t confirm that he went red but his shock over the sudden turn of events was clear over his mask.
There was a brief, pregnant pause before the class erupted in laughter. It’s good to know when a joke lands and it’s great to have a receptive audience.
Thanks folks, I’ll be here all year!