One of February’s designations is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month. Our focus this week is kindness and ways we can be kind. We read:
When I Care About Others by Cornelia Maude Spelman and illustrated by Kathy Parkinson
Kind by Axel Scheffler and 38 illustrators!
Class Activity – Make A Class Kindness Jar!
You have two options for a class kindness jar…
Every time a student in your class does something kind, they can put a pom pom in the kindness jar. Once it’s full, the class gets a prize!
Have students each fill in 3 post-it’s with ideas for a random act of kindness that can be done at school. Each day upon entering class, students pick one post-it from the jar and need to find a way to fulfill that act of kindness before the end of the school day. Ideas could include;
clean up part of the classroom
give someone a compliment
play with someone who is alone
open a door for someone
offer to help your teacher with something
pick up trash in the hallway and put it in the garbage
The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama
Don’t Take Your Snake for a Stroll by Karin Ireland and illustrated by David Catrow
Creative Writing and Drawing Peculiar Pets Activity
Draw a picture of any animal you think would make a peculiar pet (the sky is the limit… this could be a giraffe, a crocodile, a flamingo) and write what you would name it and what kinds of things you imagine you would do with your peculiar pet. If you would like to share a photo of your work, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post them on this page!
Hello everyone and happy Tu B’Shevat! Today we read…
Be A Friend to Trees by Patricia Lauber and illustrated by Holly Keller
Where the video asks you to make a list of things made out of wood, and then things made out of paper and cardboard, PAUSE the video and list the items you discover in the comments of this blog post. When the story is done, also comment one thing YOU can do to be a friend to trees.
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic
If you have a rubber duck at home, have fun creating a habitat for it using materials you have available at home. Get a plastic bin and use it as a base for a fun rubber duck habitat. Here are some examples using blue playdough and water and slime: