First, we read Martin's Big Words. The kids were outraged at the unfairness! Being a former history teacher, I of course added a little more background...
Next, we brainstormed a list of dreams for the future the students had.
What the Teacher Wants.
Finally, we read the sound effects story from Heidi Butkus. If you've never tried a sound effects story you are missing some fun! You can get a copy of her story at http://heidisongs.blogspot.com/. Heidi is a teacher I really admire, so if you aren't familiar with her I highly suggest you check her out. My kids beg to dance to her Sight Word dvds. Well worth the money. OK, I sound like a commercial!
One of my parents told me they had a terrific family discussion at dinner because of my lessons which made me happy! :-)