One of the aspects students love most about school involves their classmates. They love making new friends and getting to see them each day. However, children also put a lot of pressure on themselves to make friends. Due to this, they can lose sight of the importance of being themselves. Sadly, they think they have to become someone else to impress others. Thankfully, students will see the importance of being yourself with Be You.
Students will see how fantastic being yourself is between the book and the Read Aloud Activities.
Author Peter Reynolds wrote an inspiring story about staying true to you!
Some children are adventurous, while others prefer to sit and read. Likewise, some are curious, while others are content staying within familiar areas. Thankfully, all of these aspects create individuality.
As children read each page, they see how unique and special everyone is. Ultimately, their interests make them exactly who they are. Best of all, Reynolds reminds students being yourself is the best way to be!
Read Aloud Activities
Honestly, students sometimes lose sight of who they are when making friends. This is especially true during the back-to-school season. Students are so excited to make friends, but they are also nervous that people won’t like them. Luckily, students will see the importance of being yourself with Be You. They will be proud of who they are and know they do not need to change for anyone.
Since teachers have so much to plan, there is a guide included. This outlines the lesson and all of the activities. It even consists of the vocabulary words to teach. Honestly, this guide means teachers just have to print and teach.
Discussion is a huge component of really understanding the material. When students interact, they see how vital being yourself is. Therefore, there are higher-level thinking questions and talking points. There are even page numbers to help teachers know when to ask the questions. Students will be grateful to deepen their understanding of being yourself and for the open dialogue. Ultimately, this can be an incredible way for students to get to know each other!
Sometimes, students are hesitant to discuss at the start of the year. Likewise, there are some thoughts they want to keep personal. So, there are response and activity sheets for individual thoughts when teaching the importance of being yourself with Be You. There are even multiple options for differentiation.
Furthermore, there is hands-on craftivity! Students will love how the craft connects the story to their lives.
Application for Being Yourself
Teachers work hard to ensure students understand how the material taught in class relates to life outside the school. Luckily, there are task cards that provide scenarios or thought-provoking questions. Each task card will help students understand the importance of being yourself.
Since every classroom is different, there are multiple ways to use the task cards. They work great for whole class discussions, small group discussions, or individual work time.
Being yourself is so much harder than it sounds. There is so much going on in the world, making children feel they must change who they are. Thankfully, the importance of being yourself with Be You will be an inspiring read-aloud! The story, Read Aloud Activities, and meaningful discussion will ensure students understand the importance of being yourself.
Free Read Aloud Lesson
Would you like to try out an interactive read aloud lesson? You can grab this free lesson plan for Jabari Jumps to share with your students. This free download focuses on helping students overcome challenges. Each lesson includes discussion questions and activities to do with the book. Just fill out the form below and it will be delivered straight to your inbox!
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