How was your weekend? Mine was refreshing. I needed it. I mentioned in my last post, my kiddos had a pretty tough week last week. They wore me out!
They were struggling with talking non-stop, manners, respect, rudeness, & lack of kindness. (I ran out of synonyms!) Seriously, all sorts of things that shouldn’t be happening after being in school for 100 days. It was so tough. I was sad.
While I was taking attendance one day, someone actually cheered because another little, not so popular, someone was absent.
Another little someone decided it was hilarious and worth sharing with the whole class when another little someone had an *accident*.
I had hit a boiling point. I do believe more of my time was spent disciplining than it was with lessons. Where did my sweeties go? Where was their
I hadn’t had a chance to read it to my kiddos yet, but last week was just screaming for a book about kindess and empathy.
Let me tell you peeps… it could not have been more perfect. Not only was it a great book, it opened up a lot of discussions. My kids were drawing connections all over the place! It was fabulous.
I’ve been a fan of Maria Dismondy’s books because although they are about building positive character traits – they aren’t sappy or boring. The characters “feel” real. The stories are engaging.
The lead character in this adorable picture book, Champ, is a champ in a lot of things – but not being sensitive to others.
How perfect for the monsters children who struggled with behavior that inhabited my room last week!
Champ learns from Walter – the child he looked down upon – what it takes to be a friend and what it means to be deserving.
It was a perfect book to use with the class with a lesson on empathy. It helped us discuss the importance of always considering our actions and how it would feel to be in someone else’s shoes. I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy. It is definitely a keeper. AND her site has a readers guide download available with all sorts of goodies for the kids to do. It’s awesome.
I read this book to the kids on Thursday. Friday we had a BEYOND perfect day… just sayin’…
Next week will be filled with random Valentine’s activities (shoved in between core materials… don’t want to upset any curriculum police detectives out there who might be investigating). Our writing process activity this week will culminate in this craft.
Isn’t she cute?
I’ve updated this file to include a more detailed writing lesson. If you already purchased it, head over and re-download the newest version.
I’m offering a GIVEAWAY on the pack in my Teacher’s Notebook store, too. Two of my Teacher’s Notebook Shop followers will win the unit.
The mini-lesson and craft are available in both of my stores – head on over to check it out.
I try to plan ahead as often as possible. Read Across America is coming up REAL soon. One of my favorite activities to do during that time is an author/book study, which ties into the importance of reading, Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and our study on the pond habitat. Multi-tasking at its best.
Two long weekends in a row for me! Tomorrow our district has a holiday for Lincoln’s birthday. Then another long weekend next week for President’s Day. =) Since Spring Break isn’t until April for us, these long weekends will be nice!
Enjoy your week, peeps!
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