My 5th grade students just finished the first day of their miniature clay food sculptures. We looked at pictures of Claes Oldenburg's food sculptures, I showed two examples that I made, I demonstrated, we shared ideas, I thought everything was perfectly clear. I was really impressed with some of the little sculptures they made! Anyway, at the end of each class, I sat to the side and put the students' artwork on the shelves. One student brought me a little snowman sculpture. I was trying to think quickly... was it a chocolate snowman like chocolate Easter bunnies?
Me: What kind of food is this?
Student: It's not a food.
Me: Ok.... well, that was the assignment.
Student: (looks confused)
Me: That's why we looked at food sculptures, and talked about food, and I showed you food examples... you weren't really following directions.
Before I can think of what to say to him, because I at that point I was going to just let him have a different project, the student spins back around to his table and I hear him banging on the clay. He turns back and shows me that he has flattened the clay snowman into a disk.
Student: It's a cookie.
Me: That works!
It cracked me up!