Show and tell was one of the funnest parts of grade school, and not just for the students. Teachers are often fascinated by the objects students bring to class, and some of them were kind enough to share their stories. In first grade, I brought my infant brother in to show the class. Kids just don't give af.
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This dead dog.Giphy
I teach online school to 2nd graders. One day during live chat, a little girl brought her dog swaddled in blankets. When it came her time to share, she held the dog up to the camera and said "This is Sparkles. She is 2 months old and died right before chat started." My student brought her dead dog to chat. There were 11 other kids in the chatroom that all saw this.
A severed toe.Giphy
One of my professors told me that when he was in first grade a kid in his class got his toe cut off in a lawnmower accident. The kid brought in his toe in a jar for show and tell.
I had a kid bring in a live bald eagle once. It was found injured on their property and his parents were delivering it to the wildlife rescue center. On their way there they brought it by the school and we took a look at it (it was in a dog crate).
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By far the most interesting thing I ever received was a mummified foot that a student's father had found in the desert. It showed up on my desk completely unannounced and unmarked. I can't even begin to tell you how jarring it is to open a cardboard box to find a human foot inside. Here's some pictures.
I had one little guy bring in rocks and fossils to my class (teacher here). Now, I love that stuff, too, so I'd bring in pieces from my collection as well. It started with bits of obsidian, amethyst chunks, local mollusks in shale, and it went back and forth for several weeks. We even traded a few pieces (I'm friends with his parents, and they were cool with it).
Then I brought in a big, complete fish fossil from a local river, complete with sparkling scales. He thought that was cool.
Then he brought in a complete fossilized bee hive. I was gobsmacked. I didn't even know this was possible.
His parents and I contacted the local museum, and that fossil is now on public display. It is the finest of its kind found in British Columbia, and the kid dug it up on his grandparent's farm.
Edit: Lending it to the museum was the student's idea. Sorry, all my pics are potato.
Edit2: Courtney museum was the plan. If you go, take the fossil field trip. You dig on a real site with the fossils curator, whose 12 year old niece found an elasmosaur. Hammers are provided.
Told you so.Giphy
I can tell an interesting story. My youngest sister is adopted from China. We have a cousin (white like the rest of us) that's a model and at this point was in a lot of magazines like Cosmo, Vogue, etc. My sister brought in magazines to show off for show and tell. All the shitty little 3rd grade girls made fun of her saying that the girl in the magazines wasn't her cousin because of the white/Chinese thing. The next time it was my sister's turn she brought in our cousin in the flesh with a bigger stack of magazines. Checkmate, bitches.
Points for trying.Giphy
A bit difficult but be had a pet day at school and most people just brought their cats and dogs. At lunch we did a big show where people with pets walked around in a large circle. I remember hysterically laughing cause this one girl brought her pet fish and was trying to walk with it. We were probably about 6 or 7 at the time so she was really struggling with the thing and trying to walk without sloshing the water. Props to her though she loved her fish.
I want one.Giphy
As a kindergartner, I once brought a homing pigeon to show & tell. The class tied a note to its leg and we released the bird.
The next day for show & tell, I brought the note.
A modern day Moses.Giphy
A child's trekking stick made out of a HUMAN FEMUR. Legit. Despite the legality of using human remains being in question, and some serious side eye from me all year during conferences, the story of how he acquired it was quite interesting. Apparently, it was a family heirloom and the kid's great-great-grand-someone dug it up from his backyard in rural Virginia back in the early 1800's and named it, no joke, "Lemuel".
Life's little pleasures.Giphy
A dryer sheet.
He even passed it around for the class to smell it.