Beasties are Bad!
Here's a funny classroom story. Two of my students (I teach struggling readers in grades 3-5) were reading Lions, Tigers, and Bears today and one of them said, “Ooooooh – there’s a bad word in here!”
Now, I know there is no inappropriate language in that book. When I asked what the word was, I was told it was “the B word – the one that means a bad guy. It starts with bast….” I asked them to show me the word; it was “beastie.”
So we all sounded out the word together and now everyone is fine.