This week, because I just thought of this idea yesterday, I switched the product and the Story Book. Check out yesterdays post about beat blocks. I will try to post Friday about a Folk Song, to make up for Monday.
This is a GREAT anti-bullying book. It talks about how people may look or feel different but that we are all special for being good at different things. This book has made some adult aids in my room cry at times. The kids are ALWAYS really responsive to it. One First Grader even told me "In the yearbook last year I saw that you had pink hair in a picture and I didn't laugh at you, even though it was different" :) That was for Pink Ribbon Day in October.
Anti-bullying has been a theme this year at our school during what we call Wilson Way Days. These are days where we meet as cross-grade level groups and have a lesson, and then split up in the afternoon for SPARKS activities (the kids get to choose a community-member led activity that interests them such as duct-tape crafts, science experiments, or a foreign language.) This book fit in great the weeks leading up to and after our 1st Wilson Way Day in December and I showed it to every grade 1-6.
The song is such a powerful lesson for kids. :) Check it out!