Go Slow to Go Fast

My second grade class sits cross-legged on the rug. It is the first day of school, and I'm introducing a classroom tool that the children will be using today and all year. "What is this?" I ask as I hold up the colorful box. Hands shoot up like popcorn with an occasional "ooh-ooh" tossed into the enthusiastic mix. I call on the child who is opening his mouth to blurt the answer."Crayons! A box of crayons!" he calls out.
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