Well here's a rough draft of how I used this incredible book. Also, here's how it connect to Common Core Standards.
I started having the kids gather around for a "science experiment."
Here's how it works:
1. In a plate/flat container that's full of water I pour in pepper. I ask the students to think of the pepper as people. We call them our "pepper people." I ask them to notice that the pepper is floating together, almost like a family or a community This is a good place to discuss people coming together in the community, at school, etc. You can ask them to think of all the different ways people work together.
|Just pour pepper into a plate filled with water.|
2. Then I introduce the "soap." Put the soap in the middle of the pepper. In previous lessons I have introduced the soap as a "bully," however this time I asked them to just think of the soap as a person.
|Next take a bar of soap and place it in the middle of the pepper.|
4. This was a good place to introduce our vocab. words of the day: exclusion and inclusion. I explained that the pepper were all off by themselves and the soap was left alone. We discussed the word exclusion here, when one student noticed that some of the pepper had stuck to the soap. She commented that if the soap were a bully perhaps they were joining the bully or maybe trying to stop him. I asked them to discuss why else the pepper might stick to the soap.
5. Next we talk about inclusion and that it's important to include everyone and it just takes one "sugary sweet" random act of kindness to make a big change. As I talk about this I pour the sugar where the soap was and slowly you will see the pepper coming back together.
|Lastly, pour sugar into the middle of the plate.|
Lesson: Next I read the story, stoping frequently to ask the students to make connections between our experiment and the book; looking for pepper people, the soap, and the sugar. I also asked them to make text-to-life connections. Many of my students really opened up!
Game: Next we played Quiz Quiz Trade using the discussion questions in the back of the book. I had a student demonstrate with me how to play and model how to restate an answer. I asked everyone to show their listening skills by restating what they heard and repeating it each partner. They did a great job, I loved the "I heard you say that you think..." or "So you are saying that...." It was amazing. I also added a few like: "What do you think exclusion is?" "Do you think exclusion is bullying?" and "What food have you tried from other countries?"
|I don't have a Smart Board yet so I wrote the directions of how to play on the board. I had the students turn and talk with a neighbor to practice our level 1 whisper voices. They had to share one text-to-life connection using their level 1 voices.|
|We discussed answering the same question again. I asked them to use high order thinking for repeat questions.|
|What if I don't have a partner? I asked a student to model with me how to ask for a partner before we began.|
Get the lesson plan with CCSS and ASCA standards here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_6T4rR2pFj5SlplTndNSE1GRU0/view?usp=sharing
Exit ticket: To leave the room I gave each student a post it note and asked them tell me what stuck with them.
|What did they like or learn from the lesson?|
|Yep, me too!|
|Each student put their post it note on a poster board that's near my door. They posted as they left.|
Now for a little furry fun. Today I went to work and these rascals came to help:
|Brooklyn and Boss|
|While I was working I caught her stealing toys from my "play therapy" area.|
|Rascal hid under the desks with her new "toy."|