We have had a wonderful start to our year! The past couple of days were filled with establishing routine, schedules, expectations, goal setting, and getting to know each other. Yesterday we enjoyed learning about school expectations through our little friend David. You know him! Little David in David Shannon's book "David Goes To School." I love the little David's my kids made this year! They all turn out so different!!
You can get the David literature connection activity in this little unit. It also includes other reading/social studies ideas for you to use at the beginning of the year!
Today we tackled the tough subjects of bullying, and respecting ourselves and others using one of our fav characters, Kevin Henkes' Chrysanthemum! We have done this connection activity for many years and every year, it hits home with the kids. They make the connection that you can hurt another's heart with words. There's that old chant we used to say, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." Well, I don't believe that to be true. Words can sometimes hurt even more than other things. As we read the story we crumpled a large paper heart each time little Chrysanthemum hears words that hurt. That heart got pretty crumpled. It even tore a little! We tried as hard as we could to smooth it back out. Of course we couldn't get it perfectly smooth. We decided to put some bandaids on as a way of driving the point home. Even words can hurt!
Click here for this mini unit!! :)
I am so excited about tomorrow! Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse!!
Till then, thanks for stopping by for a peek! We appreciate you!
Have a great evening!!
Oh wow! Your kiddos must of had such a wonderful time creating the activities. Thank you so much for sharing them with us; I can't wait to use them in my classroom next year.ReplyDelete
Looks like you had a great week! I love your book activities!ReplyDelete
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Nancy, you have so many wonderful ideas on teaching social skills! THANK YOU! I just did the Chrysanthemum mini-unit with my own little twist at the end and blogged about it over at Pre-K and K Sharing! Thank you again for the great ideas!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for sharing!! I am working with my first graders on "Empathy" right now and this is a wonderful addition to our activities.ReplyDelete
Really great ideas! Thank you! I follow your blog and your ideas have really helped my first year of teaching !ReplyDelete