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Readers With Character is a collection of Social & Emotional Learning / Character Education Lessons for the general education classroom teacher.
PLEASE NOTE: DIGITAL MENU for DISTANCE LEARNING IS BEING ADDED TO EACH UNIT ! Currently, weeks 1-40 have the digital menu. Weeks 41-42 are also coming soon. If you have already purchased this resource, go to your My Purchases page and re-download the file to access your digital menu for free.
HOW ARE THESE LESSONS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SEL/CHARACTER ED LESSONS?
⇨ Each weekly unit focuses on ONE Social/Emotional/Character 'goal' so your students have time to digest and understand the message.
⇨ Each weekly focus is based upon one mentor text that is read on Monday, giving students a frame of reference and schema about the focus of the week in a kid-friendly and relatable way.
⇨ Each daily lesson is designed to take only 15 minutes of class time, making it manageable for the busy classroom teacher.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THIS RESOURCE?
★ Week 1: What if Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick
Focus: We can respect each other and our classroom.
★ Week 2: Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy
Focus: I can have the courage to just be me!
★ Week 3: Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker by Christianne Jones
Focus: We are effective listeners.
★ Week 4: Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal by Jeanie Franz Ransom
Focus: We only report things that are a big deal.
★ Week 5: Personal Space Camp by Julia Cook
Focus: We can respect the personal space of others.
★ Week 6: Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
Focus: We can give genuine apologies.
★ Week 7: Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein
Focus: Understanding that our actions can impact other people.
★ Week 8: Don't Push the Button! by Bill Cotter
Focus: We understand why it is important to follow directions.
★ Week 9: Bit It's Not My Fault! by Julia Cook
Focus: We can take responsibility for our own actions.
★ Week 10: The BugyBops: Friends for All Time by Amy Recob
Focus: We know how to keep our friends safe. (food allergy awareness)
★ Week 11: We're All Wonders by RJ Palacio
Focus: We choose kindness.
★ Week 12: My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook
Focus: We can wait to talk until it is our turn.
★ Week 13: The Way I Act by Steve Metzger
Focus: Our actions show others who we are.
★ Week 14: Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey
Focus: We can share with our friends.
★ Week 15: You Get What You Get by Julie Glassman
Focus: We are grateful for what we are given.
★ Week 16: Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker
Focus: We can handle our bad days like superheroes (coping strategies).
★ Week 17: The Worst Day of My Life Ever by Julia Cook
Focus: I can not only hear, but I also listen carefully.
★ Week 18: Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall
Focus: We all have special talents.
★ Week 19: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
Focus: We are flexible thinkers.
★ Week 20: I Just Want to Do It My Way by Julia Cook
Focus: We can ask for help when we need it.
★ Week 21: Say Please, Louise by Phil Roxbee Cox
Focus: We have manners.
★ Week 22: Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice by Julia Cook
Focus: We know the best voice level for every situation.
★ Week 23: Waiting Isn't Easy by Mo Willems
Focus: We can be patient when waiting for something.
★ Week 24: Baditude by Julia Cook
Focus: We can have a positive attitude.
★ Week 25: Up the Creek by Nicholas Oldland
Focus: We can disagree politely.
★ Week 26: The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
Focus: We know how to start a conversation with someone else.
★ Week 27: The Technology Tail by Julia Cook
Focus: We are digital citizens.
★ Week 28: Pig the Winner by Aaron Blabey
Focus: We have good sportsmanship.
★ Week 29: The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill
Focus: We can be independent problem solvers.
★ Week 30: Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big by Berkely Breathed
Focus: We tell the truth, even if it's hard to do.
★ Week 31: Perfect Square by Michael Hall
Focus:We aren't perfect, and that's okay!
★ Week 32: Hattie and Hudson by Chris Van Dusen
Focus:We are upstanders.
★ Week 33: The Bad Seed by Jory John
Focus: We are all capable of "goodness."
★ Week 34: After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat
Focus: We can get back up after we fall.
★ Week 35: The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett
Focus: We can take chances and risks, even when we are scared.
★ Week 36: Nugget and Fang by Tammi Sauer
Focus: We can have friends that are different than we are.
★ Week 37: Being Frank by Donna W. Earnhardt
Focus: We can serve the truth with more sugar.
★ Week 38: Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Focus: We have perseverance.
★ Week 39: There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi
Focus: We can overcome our fears.
★ Week 40: We're Growing by Laurie Keller
Focus: We are ALL special.
BONUS: I'm Not Scared... I'm Prepared by Julia Cook
Focus: We are always prepared.
BONUS: Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne and Max Lang
Focus: We celebrate all kinds of families.
BUNDLE EXCLUSIVE - ADDED 5/8/19: Quick Print Files
- PDF of all lesson plans
- PDF of all journals
- PDF of all bulletin board pieces
- PDF of all banners
- PDF covers for lesson plans, visuals, and journals
Suggested Use: Use the quick print files to make master copies of lesson plans and journals, to use colorful paper for banners, and color ink for bulletin board pieces. Use the covers if you want to store master copies in binders.
This exclusive time saving bonus is ONLY available in this 40-Week Bundle! Please note that BONUS weeks will not be included in quick print files.
YOUR WEEK USING THIS UNIT WILL GO A LITTLE LIKE THIS...
⇨ Monday: Students will listen to the read aloud (you, if you own the book -OR- find a YouTube reading!). Question and discussion prompts included.
⇨ Tuesday: Students will engage with you in a classroom meeting where you will remind students of the focus, and begin to generalize the story so it can apply to your focus. Students will draw and/or write their understanding of the focus of the week in their journals.
⇨ Wednesday: Students will view a video clip. Then, another community building classroom meeting will be held to talk about how the video clip relates to the focus of the week.
⇨ Thursday: Students will engage in an activity to reinforce the focus of the week. Download the preview for a look at this week's activity!
⇨ Friday: Students will draw and/or write about their new learning by completing prompts in their journal. Then, students will take their journals home and share the ‘Home Connection’ with their families.
*Detailed lesson plans are provided for each day!
WHAT ARE OTHER TEACHERS SAYING ABOUT 'READERS WITH CHARACTER'?
"I don't know where to begin... This has been an invaluable resource for me as I rebuild classroom community mid year. I have purchased most of the books now because I want my kids to be able to have their hands on them regularly and not just while I have them checked out from the library the week we're covering it. My third graders are applying these character lessons and are taking them to heart. My only regret is not purchasing it sooner!" -Cassandra
"This has been so helpful in my class so far this year. My students enjoy the lessons built around the books and has been a great way to enhance our classroom climate. Thank you for such a wonderful product. I am looking forward to using the rest of the lessons as the year goes on!" -Siobahn
"I honestly can't say enough praise about this resource. It has changed the climate of my classroom!!!" -Sarah
WHO IS THIS RESOURCE FOR?
• Classroom teachers looking for a low prep, quick, and effective way to integrate social and emotional learning into their classroom routine.
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A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hey there! I'm Jennifer, an experienced first, third, and fourth grade general education classroom teacher, I also have experience as a special education teacher's assistant and interventionist. I earned my Bachelors' degree in Family & Child Studies, and my Masters' degree in Elementary Education.
I've been creating resources on Teachers Pay Teachers since 2012 to help teachers like you find your work-life balance - you are so much more than just an awesome teacher!
If you have any questions about this resource, or if you'd simply like to 'talk teacher' with me, send me an email at email@example.com! ♥