Let’s back up a bit . . . let’s say 4 months? Picture yourself back in September (as painful as it might be for educators). You see although we might be deep into January 2014, my lessons are backlogged to September 2013!
In September of this school year, the boys were practicing responsibility. And for Kinders, this applied to responsible school behaviors. It’s a big responsibility jump from 4PreK to Kindergarten and these boys needed a few lessons to remind them of all that they are responsible for at school.
I introduced Responsibility to my Kinders and 1st graders by reading the book Paperboy by Dav Pilkey. It is a good example of doing what you are supposed to do even if you’d rather be doing something else.
Topics Covered: Responsible Behavior and Communication Skills
The Ornery Ordean unit from Jellybean Jamboree focuses on correct behaviors at school and behaviors that help children get along with their peers.
And I’m telling you if you haven’t gotten Jellybean Jamboree yet . . . seriously do it, and do it right now! I’ll even give you a pass on finishing this post if you buy it right now!
Anyways, here is a brief overview of what that unit covers and some precious examples from my Kinders.
This lesson introduces the boys to Ordean and explains his problems at school. Basically, Ordean has a hard time being nice to others and because of that he is always breaking the rules. The book asks the boys to help Ordean throughout the next few weeks learn the rules and remember how to be nice.
Rules for a Reason
Rules for a Reason focuses on making the boys aware that rules are in place so that no one gets hurt. The lesson starts by describing all the rules Ordean broke, therefore a friend was hurt. He pushed a friend out of line and the friend fell down, etc. The book shows Ordean breaking rules all over school not just in the hall or at recess. The boys made a list of rules they know are important and we discussed why. Some of the rules are important because we have to let others learn. Even though talking during instruction doesn’t physically hurt a friend, we are hurting our friend’s learning. Last, the boys looked at an already generated list and decided which rules were important to remember at school.
There isn’t too much of a problem of stealing at my school, mainly because my boys are quick to want to show off and share their new toys. None-the-less, it is an important lesson. The lesson goes into a long story about Ordean really wanting the Super Sonic Colorman Pencil a new student brought to school. He wanted it SO much that he stole it. As a class, we thought about how each person in the story must have felt. The lesson specifically addresses “Do Not Steal,” but since that wasn’t so relevant at my school, we looked more into how stealing affects others. We also discussed borrowing vs. stealing.
Oh the biggie! This lesson is fantastic! Not only does it describe the difference between tattling and telling, but it also incorporates how your friends feel about you when you do tattle. The lesson lets the boys give examples of each and gives a specific time in which to tattle . . . only when someone is hurt (feelings or physically) and not to get someone in trouble!
Oh another big one!!!! To start this lesson, I used the book Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein. The boys think the book is hilarious, but it does a great job of showing just how annoying interrupting can be. Afterwards, I moved in the lesson which describes interrupting as a way to mix messages. We also talk about how to interrupt politely in a conversation and what interrupting looks like in the classroom. It also helped to make the boys aware of every time they interrupted by quietly telling them, “That was interrupting,” every time they made that mistake. I told them that I wasn’t doing it to get them in trouble, but instead to let them see how many times people interrupt during lessons.
It’s surprising how many Kinders are already tempted to cheat. Maybe it’s less cheating and more interest in your neighbors work? Maybe less about cheating more about winning? Who knows, but it apparently didn’t surprise Susan Jelleberg considering she made it a part of this unit. This lesson shows multiple example of cheating in school . . . on schoolwork, in games, etc. We discussed how we could make sure friends wouldn’t cheat in games and we also stressed how cheating made us feel. I really try to get the boys to understand that if they feel angry when people cheat, then OTHER people may get angry when you cheat. This lesson can basically go for anything. If you are happy because it’s recess, then OTHER people might be happy because it’s recess. If you are sad when a friend yells at you, then most likely OTHER people will be sad when you yell at them. I could go on for days . . .
The last lesson talks about bullying. If you know anything about me, you know I cannot stand that word. I skipped this lesson in an effort to focus on responsible, respectful behavior and not specifically address bullying. Sometimes too much information can give kids the wrong impression . . .
Instead, I followed this unit up with my David Goes to School lesson from last year.
SO . . . have you bought your copy of Jellybean Jamboree yet?