Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen by Howard Binkow
Howard B Wigglebottom is an adorable story that tells about a little rabbit named Howard and his adventures in school. He struggles with listening to his teacher and to his friends, which create problems for all involved. Eventually he is asked to take a time out. Howard decides to listen and is positively reinforced for his good listening behavior.
Using children's books to teach social skills is an excellent way to engage students in topics they need to learn or practice. Many children’s books are easily available and often familiar to students. Most students (even older ones) enjoy stories read to them and are more motivated to learn the concepts than through direct teaching. Because stores are fun and pleasurable for many children, being read to feels like a leisure activity during class time. Students also tend to relate the emotions of the characters and can easily provide discussion into how they should think, feel, or act.
This 30 minute lesson plan and activities is the perfect way to introduce stories during circle time, social emotional learning time, or even as a sub plan when you want to reinforce concepts already talked about.
Each lesson is connected to CCSS and IL SEL Standards. There are even student centered "I Can" targets to share with students so they can easily understand the purpose of the lesson.
Other Books in the Teach with Books-Social Emotional Learning Series:
• Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen
• My Blue is Happy
• The Way I Feel
• Zach Apologizes
• Zach Gets Frustrated
• Waiting is Not Easy!
• Steps and Stones
• You Get What You Get
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