Sometimes I'm Bombaloo is a children's book written by Rachel Vail. The story focuses on Katie, a little girl who is normally as sweet as can be. Sometimes, however, Katie isn't Katie. She is Bombaloo. Bombaloo solves problems with her fists instead of her words and makes all kinds of other bad choices as well. Bombaloo is not an all-star first grader!
All kids have Bombaloo days--and so do all adults. I use this activity in my classroom when the class as a whole is in a terrible mood and can''t remember how we should behave in first grade.
I read the book aloud and then follow it up immediately by telling the students about when I am Bombaloo. Then I give each child a copy of this activity sheet and have them draw a picture and write a paragraph about themselves as Bombaloo (or another silly name of their choosing).
Not only does this get the kids focused on a productive activity (writing in complete sentences, making connections, etc.) in spite of their bad moods, it also usually gets them laughing (just like Katie in the story!). The kids will start to think more clearly about their behavior and soon begin making better choices. It's definitely a great resource to have when Bombaloo days happen!
To learn more about Sometimes I'm Bombaloo, visit Rachel Vail's website! http://www.rachelvail.com/pages/bombaloo.htm