Thursday, March 24, 2016

Handling Disappointment (You Get What You Get)

You Get What You Get is a cute book to use when reinforcing the idea that it is not okay to throw a fit when you don't get your way.  I use this story with my kindergarten students and it is a big hit. The story starts out by introducing us to Melvin, a squirrel who doesn't handle disappointment well.  Melvin has a meltdown whenever he doesn't get his way.  He throws a fit when his sister gets more chocolate chips in her cookie.  He throws a fit when he loses his turn during a game.  He throws a fit when he doesn't get the backpack that he wanted.  However, Melvin's teacher has a rule in her classroom:  You get what you get and you don't throw a fit!  Because of this rule Melvin can't throw a fit when he has to use crayons instead of markers or when he ends up last in line or when he gets a pink napkin instead of a green one.
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How I use this book:  I read the story aloud to students.  As I read I point out how Marvin's behavior affects other characters in the story:  his friends look confused, his sister looks annoyed, his mom looks angry.  After reading the story we talk about strategies that Marvin could have used to calm down.  I then give each student an acorn and have them complete the sentence "I may not get what I want when..."

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More Connections:

Social Skill; Dealing with Disappointment; Coping Strategy; CBT

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