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Be Kind Projects….Project #1

For the last two weeks of school my art students have been working on kindness projects. It's spring, test time, and kids are itching for summer. I thought it would be a good idea to remind each other that even through stressful times we need to remember to always be kind. Each day I will reveal the project that I did with each grade level. For my kinders: I read the book Be kind by Pat Zietlow Miller (I've introduced…

What’s In A Name?

These days there are many kids out there with unique names. It's hard to believe that they are still made fun of by others. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi is a good book to read to class in order for them to understand how important names are. It's also an important book to use to teach students and teachers how important it is to pronounce kids names correctly. I can't tell you how many times I have been thanked…

Problem Solving – Friendship Style

The Recess Queen in about Mean Jean who rules recess. None of the kids will do anything at recess until Mean Jean does. Then the new student shows up and doesn't put up with Mean Jean. Instead of being mean back, she decided to befriend Mean Jean. This book would be a good example to kids as to how to peacefully solve a conflict. Sometimes the 'mean' kids just need friends. Sometimes it's easier for them to be mean then…

Monsters!

The book Hey That's my Monster is the follow up book to I Need my Monster by Amanda Noll. Gabe has left once again, but this time it's because Emma, Ethan's sister is now in need of a monster. Kids get to meet some new monsters as they audition to be Emma's monster since Ethan is convinced that he still needs Gabe. None of the other monsters will do until Gabe's sister shows up! I read both of these books…

Uniqueness!

Woolbur is a fun story about a very unique sheep! He is unlike all of the other sheep in his herd and his parents are very worried about him. Woolbur does some crazy things and soon the others want to do the fun things that Woolbur does. In the end everyone learns that being unique is awesome!

One Book, Many Uses

The Scariest Shark by Paul Bright is a book that can be used to teach a number on concepts. You can use it to teach writing lessons: Onomatopeia The author shows voice by using bold, squiggly written words Using (est) Creating a surprise ending You can also use it to have students share things that they are scared of. The class could come up with ways to help them not be so afraid of them.

Emotions

At the beginning of the year I start an emotions journal with my students. We identify the main emotions and discuss them. What do they look like, what do they feel like, how do we react to them? The students then come up with a plan to deal with the 'harder' emotions such as frustration and sadness. I use the book The Way I Feel by Janan Cain to introduce and help them understand some of the other emotions that…

The Importance of being Bored!

I hear it time and time again. Kids don't know what to do when they are bored. They are so used to instant gratification that when they aren't getting it they don't know what to do with themselves. I read Barnacle is Bored to my students. We then discuss why he is bored. After he sees something 'scary' he decides that maybe he isn't so bored after all. I have the kids come up with a plan as to what…

Inferring!

My favorite objective to teach in reading is inferring because it cause the students to use their critical thinking skills! Bed Hog by  Georgette Noullet is a great book to use when teaching inferring to primary students. There are limited words in the book so the students have to infer what is going on in the story by reading the pictures. At the end of the story students could design Bailey a bed of his own.

Carnivores!

Carnivores by Adam Reynolds and Dan Santat is a super silly book about carnivores whose feeling have been hurt by the animals they prey upon. The carnivores feel misunderstood and form a support group to help them talk about their feelings and come up with solutions. They try to go vegetarian as well as trying to disguise themselves. The carnivores bring in a wise owl to help them when nothing else works. The owl reminds them that they are just…