We have been learning about what it takes to be a TRUE SUPERSTAR. Last week we talked about teamwork and respect. Today we read this classic story by Kevin Henkes to learn about individuality and the importance of trying something new (which also magically tied to our question of the week!) This book is a wonderful example of accepting others for who they are and appreciating what makes them unique....which is SO important in a classroom with 24 different personalities!
Last week, we read a different Kevin Henkes selection to discuss the ever-important Superstar trait... R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Students designed their own personal heart to represent things that are important to them. During the text, if Chrysanthemum was shown disrespect, they crumpled up their heart. When someone showed respect to Chrysanthemum, the students tried to straighten out the heart the best that they could. At the end of the story, we were left with a heart that was still a little wrinkled. I used this opportunity to discuss the marks we leave on someone's heart when we are disrespectful. Our class also designed and wrote out very first book about what respect looks like and sounds like. Come in and read it! It's in our classroom library!
Somehow during my move, I lost this darling book. However, I was able to find a video version to share with the students to discuss TEAMWORK. After hearing the text, students worked in teams of 4 and were only given 4 markers. Students were given the challenge of thinking of an image they could make with only those 4 colors. The projects turned out great! They worked amazingly well together and came up with creative titles for their pieces. Check out our gallery below. Also, click on the button to view the video.