This blog is designed to showcase people and experiences that corner the market on character and make the world a better place. I hope that my stories will positively influence and inspire you to seek out similar elevating experiences that you can share with others. I'll also post ideas, activities, book reviews, quotes or personal anecdotes that might just add a little J.O.Y. to your journey. Welcome!
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week; I posted an idea for your students at Teaching Blog Addict on Saturday so go there when you're done here to download your freebie. How will your school family celebrate YOU?
It's also Make A Difference Monday over at Maria's blog and today's topic is RESPECT - please head over there and link up! I'm spotlighting Frieda Wishinsky's You're MEAN, Lily Jean!
Click the image to go to the author's website.
Carly and Sandy enjoy being soul sisters. They play everything
together and seem to have a solid sibling relationship. Until Lily Jean moves
in, that is, and the pair becomes three, the dreaded friendship
triangle. I started my lesson using this book by talking about the cover. Which
girl is Lily Jean? How can you tell? Who do you think is calling her mean? Does
she look mean to you? Why or why not? Oh, that was a good question! She doesn't
really have a mean look on her face, so you can really get into a meaty
discussion about how conflicting it is when children are able to disguise their
bullying behaviors behind a sweet smile.
As we read the story, we stop to look at picture cues and talk
about manners. Notice the moving van in the distance on the first page,
foreshadowing what's about to happen that could separate the siblings. As Lily
Jean introduces herself, the reader will notice that she comes in bragging
about what she's good at and not accepting their compliments with thanks. Make
note of how quickly she imposes herself into the middle of the Carly and Sandy.
Find out from the students if this has ever happened to them and what they did
to make the trio work.
Sandy tries on several occasions to stand up for her little
sister. How? Is it enough? When? Find out what your students would do
differently if they were Sandy. As you read, you'll be amazed at how incensed
your students will become by Lily Jean's insensitivity and bossiness. Pause on every page to let them air their feelings and try to imagine a solution to the problem that's being created. The page where Lily Jean makes Carly be the dog really got their blood boiling, and I was glad it did; that's classic bullying behavior, to exert control over someone and create a power imbalance.
Finally, Carly cooks up a plan that will allow her to stand up to
Lily Jean's bossiness and give her a taste of her own medicine. One of my
second graders said "Hey, she's using reverse psychology." Find out
if your students know what those phrases - a taste of her own medicine and
reverse psychology - mean and get ready for another interesting discussion.
ends, ask your students to predict if the girls will let Lily Jean play circus
with them and, if so, what they might ask Lily Jean to be? My daughter and I
actually thought that they might be justified in asking her to be the lion, but
the siblings had something even better in mind for their new friend. Pose the
question, "What happens the next day?" and ask your students to write
the sequel. Check out this book and empower your students with the skills to
say "NO" to bullying behaviors and "YES" to kindness, respect and
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