Bullying Text set

Rationale

This text set is intended for 2nd grade students. The overall topic of the texts is bullying. This is an important topic for students at this age because they are just now recognizing that they are not all exactly the same mentally or physically. Bullying is becoming more prevalent in elementary schools. Therefore, it is important for teachers to give students the tools to resolve conflicts and prevent bullying in their school.

Chrysanthemum

Author/illustrator: Kevin Henkes

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0-688-09699-9 | 20 pages | Genre: Picture Book

Chrysanthemum, a small mouse, falls in love with her very unique name, but her love is soon crushed by students at school. She is made fun of for being named after a flower. Her parents try everything they can to help her re-gain her self-esteem, but they had no luck. However, Chrysanthemum had someone who loved her name just as much as she did: the music teacher, Mrs. Twinkle. She loves the name so much, that she wants to name her baby Chrysanthemum. Soon, all of the students wanted flower names.

Component of Reading First: Comprehension

Kansas Reading Standard: RL.2.3 – Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Area of Language Arts: Writing

Objective: Students will be able to argue whether or not the actions of the characters in Chrysanthemum were justified using textual evidence.

This book offers students a chance to learn about conflict resolution and how to deal with bullying in schools. Students may agree with how the bullying problem was resolved, however some may think that the problem was not actually solved because the bully may continue to bully other students.

Additional resources

Want to buy this book? Check out this link! https://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780688096991

Here is some info about the author and additional activities to use in a lesson plan http://www.kevinhenkes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/World-of-Kevin-Henkes-2011.pdf

If you would like to preview the book before buying, check out this read aloud with pictures of the book! https://youtu.be/X_9VoeV3P5I

BYE-Bye, Bully!

Author: J.s. Jackson

Illustrator: R.w. Alley

Publisher: Abbey Press

ISBN: 9780870293696 | 32 pages | Genre: Non-fiction

We all know that bullying can be detrimental to children. This book gives a lot of information about why kids bully, what bullying is, and how students may get bullied. It also offers ways for students to prevent bullying or stop it.

Component of Reading First: Comprehension

Kansas Reading Standard: RL.2.3 – Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Area of Language Arts: Speaking

Objective: Students will be able to create solutions to problems that are presented in the book.

This book offers students a chance to discuss what happens when bullying gets confronted. It also gives students a chance to understand why a bully might be a bully. This gives students more empathy towards that person and gives them even more opportunities to prevent bullying from happening.

Additional resources

Here is a good website to find this book for super cheap! http://www.alibris.com/Bye-Bye-Bully-A-Kids-Guide-for-Dealing-with-Bullies-J-S-Jackson/book/29180753

Looking for other books that teach social skills? Want to learn more about the author? Look here! https://www.jacketflap.com/j-s-jackson/66063

I am a Good Citizen

Author: Mary Hoffman

Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publisher

ISBN: 9781282989344 | 24 pages | Genre: Non-fiction

This book shows pictures and examples of good citizenship. Good citizens work hard to make their communities better - schools included.

Component of Reading First: Vocabulary

Kansas Reading Standard: RL.2.4 – Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

Area of Language Arts: Visual Representing

Objective: Students will be able to define the words "good citizen" and provide examples of how they can show good citizenship in their own lives.

This book offers students a chance to learn about the words "good citizen". Students will learn the importance of being a good citizen and brainstorm small ways they can demonstrate citizenship in the classroom, at home, and other places in their lives.

Additional resources

Looking to buy this book? Check out this link! https://www.amazon.com/Am-Good-Citizen-Kids-Character/dp/1433948516

Have your student create a booklet on what it means to them to be a good citizen! Get the printable here https://printables.scholastic.com/shop/prcontent/Neighborhood-Community-Write-Read-Books-I-Am-a-Good-Citizen/9780439491600-012

Enemy Pie

Author: DErek Munson

Illustrator: Tara Calahan King

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 9780811827782 | 32 pages | Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Jeremy Ross was having the perfect summer until he moved into a new neighborhood. Then he became the enemy. Luckily, his dad had the best way to get ride of enemies - making enemy pie. Jeremy soon finds that his number one enemy is becoming his best friend.

Component of Reading First: Comprehension

Kansas Reading Standard: RL.2.7 – Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

Area of Language Arts: Viewing

Objective: Students will be able to use evidence from pictures to describe different characters in the story.

This book offers students a chance to learn how to read people's emotions and the situation around them. By being able to read people's non-verbal cues, students will better understand how they are feeling and work to resolve the conflicts they face.

Additional Resources

Check out the official book website - there are tons of resources for students, parents, and teachers! http://enemypie.com/blog1/

Preview the story before buying here! http://www.storylineonline.net/enemy-pie/

Each Kindness

author: Jacqueline Woodson

Illustrator: E.B. Lewis

Publisher: Penguin Random House

ISBN: 9780399246524 | 32 pages | Genre: Picture Book

Chloe and her friends refused to play with the new girl, Maya. When Maya would try to join in a game or conversation, the group of girls would reject her. Eventually, Maya stops coming to school. The teacher taught the class a lesson about how small acts of kindness can make the biggest difference in a person's life. Chloe quickly begins to regret rejecting Maya and wishes she could've shown Maya a small act of kindness.

Component of Reading First: Vocabulary

Kansas Reading Standard: RL.2.4 – Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

Area of Language Arts: Visually Representing

Objective: Students will be able to define the word "kindness" and provide examples of how they can show kindness in their own lives.

This book offers students a chance to learn about the word "kindness". Students will learn the importance of being kind and brainstorm small ways they can demonstrate kindness in the classroom, at home, and other places in their lives.

Additional resources

Buy the book, learn about the author, and more! http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/299101/each-kindness-by-jacqueline-woodson-illustrated-by-e-b-lewis/9780399246524/

Learn more about Woodson's thinking behind the book in this interview! http://www.slj.com/2012/10/interviews/interview-jacqueline-woodson-talks-about-her-picture-book-each-kindness/#_

Mcgruff the crime dog: anti-bullying film

Creator: Saatchi & Saatchi

Started By: Ad council & national crime prevention council

5:00 video | Genre: Fiction

McGruff is a dog whose job is to stop crime before it happens. In this episode, a woman comes to him and says her daughter is acting differently. McGruff does some digging and finds out that the girl has been bullied. McGruff helps the dogs work through the issue and offers solutions to help solve the problem.

Component of Reading First: Comprehension

Kansas Reading Standard: RL.2.3 – Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Area of Language Arts: Critical Thinking

Objective: Students will be able to predict solutions to the problems the characters face in the video.

This video offers students a chance for students to problem solve. Students will gain strategies created by them to help alleviate any bullying problems in the school.

Additional resources

Here's the link to the video on YouTube! https://youtu.be/EvhIdB_8WXE

Learn more about McGruff the Crime Dog! http://www.ncpc.org/about/about-mcgruff

Wondering what the National Crime Prevention Council is? Check this out! http://www.ncpc.org/about

The invisible boy

Author: Trudy ludwig

Illustrator: Patrice Barton

Publisher: Penguin Random House

ISBN: 1582464502 | 26 pages | Genre: Picture Book

Brian has always been invisible to his peers. He has never stood out. Many students forget to invite him to birthday parties and don't include him in group activities. Then, a new kid named Justin comes to school. When he is made fun of for his lunch, Brian is the first to console him with a drawing. When the class is assigned a project, Justin makes it a point to show Brian and the rest of the class the kind of drawing talent Brian has.

Component of Reading First: Comprehension

Kansas Reading Standard: RL.2.7 – Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

Area of Language Arts: Viewing

Objective: Students will be able to describe how the illustrator differentiates Brian from his peers.

This book would be beneficial in helping students recognize differences between characters in the story and how that plays a key role in the book. This lesson could translate into the classroom by having students be able to recognize the differences between themselves and their peers. It will also teach them that those differences can also be strengths.

AddiTional Resources

Read more about the book from the author's website! http://www.trudyludwig.com/mybook_invisible.html

Check out this lesson plan! http://www.thenedshow.com/assets/encourage-others-intermediate-lesson-plan-the-invisible-boy.pdf

Bully

Author/Illustrator: Patricia polacco

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons

ISBN: 0399257047 | 48 pages | Genre: Realistic Fiction

Lyla is a new student at her school and feels out of place. All of the students have their own clique already, where will she fit in? Then she meets another new student, Jamie. They become fast friends and together they start meeting new people in the school. When Lyla decides to try out for the cheer team, Jamie warns her that the three popular girls on the team are bad news, but they have always been nice to Lyla. Lyla becomes good friends with them and begins hanging out with them outside of school. She soon finds out that Jamie was right - these girls were bullies.

Component of Reading First: Comprehension

Kansas Reading Standard: RL.2.3 – Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Area of Language Arts: Critical Thinking

Objective: Students will be able to formulate ways to prevent cyberbullying outside of the classroom.

This book offers a glimpse into the harsh reality of cyberbullying. This gives kids a chance to decide what they would do not only as a bystander, but also as the victim of bullying. They can debate the choices that Jamie, Lyla, and Gage make and define bullying for the classroom.

Additional resources

Want to know how you can use this book in your classroom? Check this link out! http://ourstoriescount.com/2013/06/how-to-use-patricia-poloccos-bully-in-the-classroom/

Learn more about the author here! http://www.penguin.com/static/images/yr/pdf/PolaccoGuide_Final_13.pdf

Stand up for yourself and your friends

Author/Illustrator: Patti Kelley Criswell

Publisher: American Girl

ISBN: 9781442071667 | 64 pages | Genre: Non-fiction / Informational

This book talks about strategies young girls and guys could use to combat bossiness and bullies in their lives. It offers students ways to stand up for their friends when they are being bullied or made fun of.

Component of Reading First: Comprehension

Kansas Reading Standard: RL.2.3 – Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Area of Language Arts: Speaking

Objective: Students will be able to create solutions to common situations that are brought up in the book.

This book offers students a chance to learn about conflict resolution and how to deal with bullying in schools. Students may find that they have different ways of dealing with problems and can test those ideas in a safe classroom environment.

AddiTional resources

Buy this book here! http://www.americangirl.com/shop/stand-up-for-yourself-your-friends-paperback-book-f9623

Here is a lesson and activities on teaching students how to stand up for themselves http://www.tolerance.org/activity/stand

Exclamation Mark

Author: Amy krouse rosenthal

Illustrator: tom lichtenheld

ISBN: 9780545661157 | 14 pages | Genre: Picture Book

An exclamation mark in a world full of periods is bound to stand out. This exclamation mark can't seem to look past it. That is, until a question mark comes along. Suddenly the exclamation mark stops trying to fit in and starts enjoying the parts of him that stand out.

Component of Reading First: Phonemic Awareness

Kansas Reading Standard: RL.2.7 – Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

Area of Language Arts: Reading

Objective: Students will be able to examine pictures in the story to help uncover the feelings of the characters in the story.

This book offers students a chance to learn about how to accept their differences. At this age, students are starting to see that they are not all the same. This book would be good to read in order to show students that being different is okay and should be celebrated.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Check out the authors website, including more info about the book! https://www.tomlichtenheld.com/childrens_books/exclamation-mark.html

Check out these resources including lesson plans and activities students could do with the book! https://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?a=1&tid=34354

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