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Tools for Teachers teaching cUrriculum for home and the classroom One One You Adri’s mama and papa share some of the wisdom they have gained through the years with their eager son. Their words, simple and powerful, are meant to comfort and guide him as he goes about exploring his world. Curriculum Connections: Life’s Messages Character Traits Visual Discrimination By Linda Kranz Individuality Rising Moon Graphing ISBN 13: 978-0-87358-901-7 Story Elements Activity #1 We Are a School of Friends Book Connection: In the book Only One You, Adri’s parents hope to guide him with their wisdom as he sets out to explore his world. The first piece of wisdom his parents impart is, “Always be on the lookout for a new friend.” Encourage your students to make new friends with the following activities, which are especially ideal to use at the beginning of a new school year. Materials: paper, markers or crayons, scissors, large googly eyes, glue sticks Distribute one piece of paper to each student in your class. Have them trace their hand on the paper with a crayon or marker, and then cut out the shape. Note: kindergarten and early first grade students may need assistance cutting and/or tracing. Model/explain that each hand shape is going to become a fish. Fish live in schools. Each hand-fish made in class is going to become part of a “school of fish, a school of friends.” Explain that as a class, there will be many opportunities to make new friends throughout the year. Have each student write their name on their cut-out using a black marker or crayon. Have each student glue a googly eye on their hand-fish in the palm area, and decorate their fish using crayons or markers. The fingers represent the back fin. After each child has made his/her own fish, display them on a bulletin board with the heading: We Are a School of Friends. tio r use Discuss these things with students: for ge om r in pa sro 1. What is a friend? What qualities do friends have? ma fo the ck clas n. 2. What friends have students made since being in school? fur e ba for 3. What are some things friends do together? se py co 4. How can we be friends to other people? oto Ph Activity #2 Proud to Be Me Book Connection: In the book Only One You, Adri’s parents share, “Blend in when you need to. Stand out when you have the chance,” and, “Find your own way. You don’t have to follow the crowd.” After reading the story, discuss with students: 1. What makes a person stand out from other people? 2. How can people stand out in a good way in the classroom? In the cafeteria? On the playground? At home? Discuss how it might feel to perform standout behavior. Do you feel pride? Happiness? Satisfaction? Using a large piece of butcher pape

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