Hey all!!! I am beyond excited to be a part of The Pink Tiara Blog Tour:)) Maria Dismondy is a teacher turned author and is touring now with her wonderful new book Pink Tiara Cookies for Three. This is a wonderful story of friendship and teaching kids how to work things out and do the right thing. I just love any character building books!!! Books like this make our world and classrooms happier places:D I am so excited to have her here as my guest today:
I am thrilled to be a guest blogger today on 4th grade Frolics! I am also excited to use my lesson planning skills from back in the day (um, it’s only been since September that I took a leave from the classroom) when I was teaching.
Today I am providing you with a lesson that you can use with my newest children’s book, Pink Tiara Cookies for Three. The lesson can be use from grades K-5.
Large Group Time: Read the book to your class. Take time to ask plenty of questions before, during and after reading. Ask children to think about a time that they felt left out when playing with friends. Please remember that this book looks like a book for girls but the lesson learned is also a very important one for boys.
Friendship Triangle: On a large piece of chart paper, make a large triangle. In one corner of the triangle write “Say” in another triangle write “Do” and in the last corner write “What Not To Do”
Brainstorm: As a class, use both the book and children’s personal experiences to fill out the three corners of the chart. There are some ideas below. Friendship Triangles can take up a lot of energy from both students and the teacher trying to solve them. Time and energy that could be used doing something more fun! Working with children to learn strategies to use when issues like the Friendship Triangle occur, will help your classroom run more smoothly.
Have more than one friend
Think about the qualities you want in a friend
Get involved in activities where you can meet new friends
SayKind things to others
How you feel
Talk to your parents/teacher about your feelings
What Not to Do
Do not threaten others
Do not purposely exclude others
Do not create "clubs" where members decide who can and can not be included
Independent Work: For older students, you can have them write to a prompt about a time they felt left out. What happened? What did they do? How did they feel afterwards? Hand out the Character Cut Out picture from Illustrator Cary Pillo. Have the class fold the paper like the diagram then cut out the character. Be sure they do NOT cute where there are not dotted lines by the hand. This is what holds the paper dolls together. Once they have their group of three friends, they can decorate them to look like the three characters in Pink Tiara Cookies for Three or like themselves and two other friends they have. Display your triangle chart along with the writing and paper dolls.
Thank you so much Maria for guest posting today and for sharing your wonderful ideas with others. Be sure to check out her new book Pink Tiara Cookies for Three HERE
If you purchase a copy from her amazing website (HERE) you can get an autographed copy:D
Click HERE to link to her site and check out her other wonderful books!
You can win a copy of this wonderful new book about friendship and a tiara cookie cutter!! All you have to do is leave some love (comment) for Maria here at this post. That's it!! Don't forget to leave your email with your comment so we can contact you if you win. Giveaway ends Jan. 31 at midnight. Jump in and leave some love....this is a wonderful book to add to your home or classroom:)
Thank you Maria for allowing me to be a stop on your tour:)))