Monday, July 8, 2013

Picture Book Party: Character Education

I've been invited to all kinds of parties...jewelry, cooking supplies (no need for that...Fresh Market does my cooking), monogrammed bags, etc. Here's a party invitation I couldn't resist...First Grade and Fabulous is hosting Picture Book Linky Party #3: Character Education.

When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry...
by Molly Bang
Let’s face it...we all get angry. Sometimes we even get really, really angry. Chances are you’ll know when the time is right to share this book with your class. There are just those days when you and your students are tired and grumpy. Begin by showing your group only the cover. 

Infer...How is the girl feeling and how do you know? Invite students to make a similar face. Next have students take a closer look at the first spread. How is Sophie feeling now? How can you tell? Uh-oh. Now how is Sophie feeling? Can you use your experience with the picture clues to infer Sophie’s feelings? Show the next spread. Oh, my. Have students closely examine Sophie’s face and the cat. Even the zig-zag lines are a clue. At this point, you might want to remind your readers that inferring means combining your background knowledge and the clues in the book to infer a character’s feelings. Remind them that their own experiences count as background knowledge. Provide time for students to share similar experiences and feelings they may have had in the past.
Read the story aloud. Discuss the ways that Sophie handles her anger. Which are appropriate and which are inappropriate? Be sure to validate a variety of opinions. Finally, invite students to act out the story as you reread. Now doesn’t that feel better?

Younger students will enjoy this song and drama extension:
What Would Sophie Do?
(sung to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)

If you’re angry and you know it, kick and scream.
If you’re angry and you know it, kick and scream.
If you’re angry and you know it,
Smash the world to smithereens.
If you’re angry and you know it, kick and scream.

If you’re angry and you know it, give a roar.
If you’re angry and you know it, give a roar.
If you’re angry and you know it,
Roar “red” more and more.
If you’re angry and you know it, give a roar.

If you’re angry and you know it, run and run.
If you’re angry and you know it, run and run.
If you’re angry and you know it,
Don’t stop until you’re done.
If you’re angry and you know it, run and run.

If you’re angry and you know it, cry and cry.
If you’re angry and you know it, cry and cry.
If you’re angry and you know it,
Find a tree and start to climb.
If you’re angry and you know it, cry and cry.

If you’re calm and you know it, climb back down.
If you’re calm and you know it, climb back down.
If you’re calm and you know it,
Climb back down and walk back home.
If you’re calm and you know it, climb back down.

For an art and writing extension, be sure to visit my other blog   dedicated to book ideas and the arts.
ABCs of Reading

6 comments:

  1. Jayne, your blog is absolutely adorable! I love the bright, fun colors! I had forgotten about Sophie, I will have to add her to my list!

    Karen
    An Apple a Day in First Grade

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    1. Thanks, Karen! Come back and visit.
      Jayne

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  2. What a great recommendation and nice activities to do with it! Thanks so much for sharing and linking up! :)

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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    1. Thanks, DeAnne! Come back and visit!

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  3. Hi there! I love your blog and am your newest follower! I nominated you for the Liebster Award, so come over to my blog to check out the requirements!!

    Elyse
    Happily Teaching

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  4. Hi Jayne! I just found your cute blog, I’m your newest follower!
    ✿Sue✿
    Science for Kids Blog

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