“How can you tell the difference between a joke and harm?
It’s all about intentions, is yours to hurt or charm?
When in doubt about a prank, apply the Golden Rule.
If this joke was played on you, would it be fun or cruel?”
This poem while written within the context of April Fools’ Day, lends itself to the larger issue of the difference between bullying and playing a joke.
By having students create pranks for the fictitious characters in the poem, your follow up class discussion can be more theoretical in nature leaving real students with real feelings out of the equation.
Included in the 9 page packet:
Letter of introduction to teacher
Original April Fools’ Day poem & original illustrations
Discussion questions for whole class participation or individual writing
How to make mini book instruction
Four 8.5” X 11” mini page originals
(which create a 14-page booklet, measuring 4.25” X 5.5” plus front and back cover)