Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes is a fabulous read aloud, and this lesson is designed to teach students the importance of kind words and kind actions towards others. It teaches children the consequences of using hurtful words.
Students begin by coloring a picture of Chrysanthemum. Then, they bring their drawing to the carpet for the read aloud. Each time Chrysanthemum's feelings are hurt in the story, the students must crumple up their beautiful drawing of Chrysanthemum. Their feelings about ruining their coloring page match the feelings one has when being made fun of at school. Students learn ways to smooth out Chrysanthemum's wrinkles, but they never really go away. The teacher emphasizes the importance of always being kind so that these "feeling wrinkles" don't need to happen.
This packet includes the coloring page and a reflective writing worksheet.
A powerful lesson in kindness perfect for establishing your classroom community in the beginning of the year!