Halloween is only 1 week ( and a couple of days) away!!!! Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love incorporating a Halloween theme in my lessons. I purchased the book CRANKENSTEIN about a year ago and found that it is the perfect book for this time of year. If your school doesn't celebrate Halloween you can totally use this book anyway. The character is based off of Frankenstein so I think it is fun to use it this time of year but you can definitely use it anytime of the year. In fact, one of the lessons that I am connecting to is a VALENTINE's DAY lesson (there is also a Valentine's Day Version of Crankenstein)! Anyway, about the book...
BEWARE OF CRANKENSTEIN! Who is crankenstein? He's an ordinary kid, just like you. But on a bad day, he could transform into CRANKENSTEIN! A monster of grumpiness that no one can destroy! MEHHRRRRR! He's Alive! Turn the pages to see this creature of crankiness. You might even learn how to turn him back into a boy...IF YOU DARE! You can purchase the book HERE.
Discussion Questions: What are some things that make Crankenstein angry? Have you ever felt like Crankenstein? What are some things that make you angry? What can Crankenstein do to turn back into a boy? Tell me about a time you were angry and were able to turn it around.
I have started integrating mindfulness interventions into my school counseling program. I have been researching mindfulness for a few months and it seems that there is quit a bit of evidence out there stating that the implementation of mindfulness in schools can help students increase academic performance, develop social skills, and learn coping mechanisms. I recently ordered the MindUp Curriculum and am very excited about the premise of this curriculum. These are the books that I ordered to start the implementation of mindfulness:
MindUP Curriculum description from Amazon: This research based curriculum features 15 lessons that use the latest information about the brain to dramatically improve behavior and learning for all students. Each lesson offers easy strategies for helping students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind-set in both school and life.
This book is perfect for introducing mindfulness. It uses simple terminology to describe what mindfulness is and how mindful-based practices can help children calm down, become more focused, fall asleep easier, alleviate worry, manage anger, and become more patient and aware.
Some Bulletin Board Ideas I found on Pinterest (sources unknown)
I wasn't kidding when I said I was focused on self-acceptance this week! If you missed my other posts about self-acceptance you can check them out HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Today I am showcasing several books that I use to teach lessons on self-acceptance.
Zoe is a green triangle stuck in a world of red circles. Zoe has a hard time fitting in with the others because she is different. This is a great book for teaching students to be themselves even if they are different than others. It is a great reminder that everyone has something unique about them. You can purchase Zoe The Misfit HERE.
Hey, You're Great!
This book is great for students in grades 4-8. The story is fun and talks about the silliness that comes from trying to be just like others.