Monday, January 12, 2015

Great Book for No Name-Calling Week

I like this book because it is large, bold. and engaging.  In it 2 friends are being teased and subjected to name-calling.  Krosoczka uses a twist on ___ and stones may break our bones, but words will never hurt us.  This is where to stop and discuss the fact that words really do hurt (sometimes more than physical aggression).  At the end, the 2 friends become friends with the crab who was teasing them at the beginning (the treasure). Most students in grades 1 & 2 will understand that some of the teasing and name-calling probably happened because the crab was jealous of the friendship between peanut butter and jellyfish.  There are many ways students could respond to the book.  The could draw and write about their favorite part of the book.  They could put friendship traits onto coins on a handout with a treasure chest.  This book couls also work well in a small group on friendship.

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