This is a wonderful class read-aloud to help create a sense of community and inclusiveness. This book, and these activities, encourage students to reflect on what makes them unique, and consider how we can support each other by offering our own meaningful advice. Students will be asked to reflect upon many of the pieces of advice shared in the book, and asked to relate them to their own lives. With my own class, I like to have my students paint their own rocks with their own unique designs, with a piece of advice written on the underside of the rock. Alternatively, I have shared a template to have students design and colour their own fish. Lastly, I have included two energizers around the topic of being yourself that can be done before or after the book.
1. Find Someone Special Who...This activity is a nice icebreaker/ get-to- know-you activity, and a good introduction to the theme of “what makes you special”. Students circulate the classroom looking for different people who can match the descriptions in each square and sign their names.
2. What Makes You, You - Minds On Activity: This is another supplementary activity. The teacher plays music and students walk around. When the music stops each student finds a partner. They roll the dice to determine what question they are going to answer (dice number corresponds with question number).
3. Advice Reflection Pages (pages)- I have chosen 5 of the different pieces of advice presented throughout the book, and have provided an organizer for students to complete. They are asked, “what does this advice mean to you? Additionally, there are two reflection questions and a place to draw their own picture. Students can work on these pages individually or you may wish to have students break into groups to work on different pages, and then return together to share as a class.
4. “Look for beauty wherever you are.” For this activity, teachers are asked to take their class on a “beauty walk”. Beauty is everywhere and can be found in the most ordinary places! Students are asked to draw a picture in the magnifying glass of some beauty they observed on their walk.
5. “There’s only one you in this great big world.” I have provided an oval template for students to design their own unique fish. Underneath reads, “ _________’s advice to a friend embarking on a new journey...” Students can fill in their name and share their own piece of advice. These can be displayed on their own, our used as a design plan for when student’s paint their own rocks.
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