Lucky us, there are so many great authors and illustrators that have created some amazing books to help us create the environment that we want. Books that help us to illustrate good listening and respect for others. I (Em from Curious Firsties) wanted to highlight a few of these books today. You will have so many more to add to this list. Please comment below and let us know what other books we can add to our "back to school toolbox."
Respecting Yourself and Others:
For "The Crayon Box That Talked" I ask the students to draw me a picture using all the different colors. When they open the box of crayons that I hand them, they see that all the crayons are the same color. They start shouting that they cannot make a picture with just one color.
But I make them do it anyway! Then they get to color a picture with a regular box of crayons. We discuss the importance of having many colors in our world, just like we need lots of differences in our classroom.
"Cat The Cat Who Is That?" may seem like an odd book to have on my list. It is a very simple book. But I read it right along with "I Like Me." I want the students to think about why they like themselves.
After they complete a self portrait, I ask them to mirror the language from "Cat The Cat." They write "I am _________ the ________." (It is also a great book to begin introducing speech bubbles during that first week.)
"Arthur's Nose," "I'm The Best," and "Chrysanthemum" are all stories that do a great job of illustrating a character that does not feel comfortable with what sets them apart from others. But as the book progresses, they learn to accept themselves and their differences. What an important skill to hit over and over and over again.
Building Teamwork:Teamwork....SO important. I like to work on this skill throughout the whole year because I really believe that it is a life skill that our students need to survive in any job/career that they enter. Here are a few books that can be used to help reinforce this skill:
This year I will use "Swimmy" to work on teamwork during our first full week of school. My entire group of first graders will use their individual fish to create one large fish in the hallway! I love this visual to help them understand the impact that teamwork can have.
Being a Good Listener:I know that there are some really good books out there to help introduce good listening skills in the classroom but I want to focus on just one right now.
What books do you use to create the classroom environment that you want?