Sometimes I give assignments for no other purpose than my own amusement. Since we're studying fables, I can sort of justify this one, but mostly I just wanted a laugh and some blog material. I gave students some well known morals with their ends chopped off and asked them to finish them. The results:
Aesop: Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
Third Graders: Don't count your chickens before _____________.
they lay eggs
slicing their heads off with an axe
Aesop: Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
Third graders: Don't bite the hand that ______________.
is already hurt
Aesop: He who has many friends has none.
Third graders: He who has many friends has ________________.
not very good ones
lots of company
lots of help
Aesop: He who groans loudest is often the least hurt.
Third graders: He who groans loudest is often ____________.
the man in the house
ignored by others
Aesop: If you want a task done well, then do it yourself.
Third graders: If you want a task done well, then _____________.
you've got to do it right
you have to pay someone
do what you're good at
read the directions
Aesop: You can't please everybody.
Third graders: You can't please _____________.
a grumpy man
yourself or anyone else
Aesop: Quality is more important than quantity.
Third graders: Quality is more important than ___________.
Billy Ray Cyrus's hair
Aesop: Think twice before you act.
Third graders: Think twice before you _____________.
fight someone bigger than you
run in a busy road
do it (I don't think he meant this in the way I would probably mean it)
And some random ones:
A bird in the cage is worth two on a pogo stick.
Misery loves you and your family.
Misery loves her or his mommy.
A bird in the cage is worth two on a platter.
One good turn deserves a hug or pat on the back.