This book helped me create a short, 20 minute lesson, that incorporated all three of these things!
First, we read. I asked the students to share any connections they were able to make with the class orally while I read aloud! I can tell you that within seconds they were all connecting it back to what had taken place in the all the biographies we had read during our Black History Month study.
After reading, the students had to decide upon one of their deep connections to write down and reflect on how it helped them to better understand the story. Here are some examples (one connected it to Martin Luther King Jr., one did her own thing!:
You can download the connection sheet I created here for free!
(Border is by Scrappin Doodles :))
To finish up the lesson, I created a poster with the heading "How to (NOT) be like the Sneetches". We briefly brainstormed different things we could do to be the opposite of the Sneetches. For example, talk to someone/play with someone new, go out of our way to help someone, make sure we include people in the games we play etc. I told the kids that throughout the week I would like them to try to do some of these things. After they do, they can come to the classroom and share what they did to be "NOT" like the Sneetches on a small post it note and attach their post-it to the poster. At the end of the week, we will read and reflect on what we have done/written. I'll try to remember to post a picture of our completed poster at the end of the week for you guys, so you can see how it turned out!
Happy Monday! Whoo!