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review 2017-02-14 04:30
Bully Beans
Bully B.E.A.N.S. - Julia Cook

Bully Beans, by Julia Cook, is about a group of kids who have to decide to stand up to the new girl Bobbette who is bullying them. One of the students finally gets tired of being bullied and decides to tell her parents about it and they give her bully beans (jelly beans) and tell her that if they she and her friends eat a bully bean then they will be immune to Bobbettes bullying. They will be able to stand up to her tell her that she is being bully and they even tell their teacher what is happening. Eventually Bobbette admits that she was bullied at her old school and that she thought if she was the bully then she wouldn't get bullied. This is a great book to introduce bullying either on the first day of class or within the first week. You can even set up a system where you have a jar of bully beans in you classroom and every time a student is getting bullied they can go get a bully bean and write down who is bulling them on the "Bully Slip" that will be beside the jar. They will then place the slip in another jar and then you can look at the slip and talk to the student who is bullying and it is completely anonymous. You can get to the root of the problem without causing any problems between students. You can do many different activities with this as well as a writing activity where they write about a time they were bullied, or you can even do some sort of math activity with "bully" beans to help reinforce a math lesson. This can be used for grades first through fourth. 

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review 2017-02-06 19:23
Ish - Peter H. Reynolds

This book could focus on how words or actions effect others. For an activity to ensure students understand that everyone would crumple a piece of paper and throw it across the room. (Much like he did with his drawings in the story) Everyone could pick up a piece of paper and be instructed to flatten it back out to where it is perfect again. Once realizing this can not be done, the teacher will explain the crumpled parts represent the mean and rude things we say to one another. Once things have been said they can not be taken back, they will forever have an emotional impact on the one who receives the rude sayings. This book could also teach children to never give up on themselves. Even if they don't get something perfect, it's perfect-ish. I would use the perfect-ish lesson for a younger level like first through second grade. The bullying lesson I would use for second through fourth grade.

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review 2017-02-06 19:11
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

This story is about a little mouse (girl) who has been told her whole life how wonderful and perfect she is. She truly believed this until she started school. All of her classmates teased her about her name, saying it's too long or that she was named after a flower. Each day she would go home upset and her parents would assure her that her name is beautiful and perfect just as she is. The cycle continued throughout the book until the end. Her music teacher stood up for her and shared with the class that she too was named after a flower and that her daughter has the chance to be named Chrysanthemum. This makes her feel much better about herself and suddenly all the students want to be named after flowers. This story would work well with first through third grade. It would be great to introduce bullying and also it would show that teachers are here to help, not just teach. Student could also be assigned roles of the peers in the book and act out different ways they could have responded instead of their rude comments.

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review 2017-01-25 20:40
A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon is such an inspiring children's book to teach children about identity, and self-perception. The main character, Camilla, loves lima beans, but she is afraid to eat them in front of her friends because of what they will think or say about her. Throughout the book, Camilla stops eating lima beans because no one else eats them. The day after, she goes to school and her classmates realize that whatever they say to her, she becomes a pattern on her skin. Toward the end of the book, an older women comes to "cure" Camilla by giving her lima beans. I would read this book to my students to allow them understand that it is okay to be different. I would teach this to kindergarten through second grade. This would help teach students about character education and being true to yourself.



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review 2017-01-24 18:02
Bully Beans by Julia Cook
Bully B.E.A.N.S. - Julia Cook

Bully Beans by Julia Cook is a great children's book that teaches students about becoming proactive when it comes to bullying. The main character, Bobbette, is a bully who threatens other children at her school. One day, a student goes home to tell her mother about Bobbette. In return, the mother gives her "bully beans" that she and her classmates can eat, so they will have the confidence to stand up against Bobbette. This book helps children understand the concept of helping others when being bullied and helps develop character education in students. I would use this book for the first week of school with first or second grade students.







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