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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.



    ⇨ 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.



    Week 1: What if Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick

    Focus: We can respect each other and our classroom.

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    Week 2: Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy

    Focus: I can have the courage to just be me!

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    Week 3: Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker by Christianne Jones

    Focus: We are effective listeners.

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    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.

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    Week 5: Personal Space Camp by Julia Cook

    Focus: We can respect the personal space of others.

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    Week 6: Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

    Focus: We can give genuine apologies.

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    Week 7: Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein

    Focus: Understanding that our actions can impact other people.

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    Week 8: Don't Push the Button! by Bill Cotter

    Focus: We understand why it is important to follow directions.

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    Week 9: Bit It's Not My Fault! by Julia Cook

    Focus: We can take responsibility for our own actions.

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    Week 10: The BugyBops: Friends for All Time by Amy Recob

    Focus: We know how to keep our friends safe. (food allergy awareness)

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    Week 11: We're All Wonders by RJ Palacio

    Focus: We choose kindness.

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    Week 12: My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook

    Focus: We can wait to talk until it is our turn.

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    Week 13: The Way I Act by Steve Metzger

    Focus: Our actions show others who we are.

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    Week 14: Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

    Focus: We can share with our friends.

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    Week 15: You Get What You Get by Julie Glassman

    Focus: We are grateful for what we are given.

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    Week 16: Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker

    Focus: We can handle our bad days like superheroes (coping strategies).

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    Week 17: The Worst Day of My Life Ever by Julia Cook

    Focus: I can not only hear, but I also listen carefully.

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    Week 18: Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall

    Focus: We all have special talents.

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    Week 19: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

    Focus: We are flexible thinkers.

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    Week 20: I Just Want to Do It My Way by Julia Cook

    Focus: We can ask for help when we need it.

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    Week 21: Say Please, Louise by Phil Roxbee Cox

    Focus: We have manners.

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    Week 22: Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice by Julia Cook

    Focus: We know the best voice level for every situation.

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    Week 23: Waiting Isn't Easy by Mo Willems

    Focus: We can be patient when waiting for something.

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    Week 24: Baditude by Julia Cook

    Focus: We can have a positive attitude.

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    Week 25: Up the Creek by Nicholas Oldland

    Focus: We can disagree politely.

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    Week 26: The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

    Focus: We know how to start a conversation with someone else.

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    Week 27: The Technology Tail by Julia Cook

    Focus: We are digital citizens.

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    Week 28: Pig the Winner by Aaron Blabey

    Focus: We have good sportsmanship.

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    Week 29: The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill

    Focus: We can be independent problem solvers.

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    Week 30: Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big by Berkely Breathed

    Focus: We tell the truth, even if it's hard to do.

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    Week 31: Perfect Square by Michael Hall

    Focus:We aren't perfect, and that's okay!

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    Week 32: Hattie and Hudson by Chris Van Dusen

    Focus:We are upstanders.

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    Week 33: The Bad Seed by Jory John

    Focus: We are all capable of "goodness."

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    Week 34: After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat

    Focus: We can get back up after we fall.

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    Week 35: The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett

    Focus: We can take chances and risks, even when we are scared.

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    Week 36: Nugget and Fang by Tammi Sauer

    Focus: We can have friends that are different than we are.

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    Week 37: Being Frank by Donna W. Earnhardt

    Focus: We can serve the truth with more sugar.

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    Week 38: Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

    Focus: We have perseverance.

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    Week 39: There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi

    Focus: We can overcome our fears.

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    Week 40: We're Growing by Laurie Keller

    Focus: We are ALL special.

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    BONUS: I'm Not Scared... I'm Prepared by Julia Cook

    Focus: We are always prepared.

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    BONUS: Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne and Max Lang

    Focus: We celebrate all kinds of families.

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    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.



    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!



    "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



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