Students are in a position where they can change the world. However, they must understand making a positive change starts small. Otherwise, they will feel their voice does not matter. For instance, it could be speaking up when someone is being made fun of. Or, it could be developing a plan to address a littering issue. Honestly, there are so many ways students make a change. Thankfully, students will feel inspired about speaking up with Say Something!
Truthfully, the book and Read Aloud Activities will help students feel inspired and empowered about speaking up.
Author Peter Reynolds reminds students that the world needs their voice now more than ever.
Sadly, students often feel like their voice does not matter. So, Reynolds shows readers different ways a single voice makes a difference. Whether this is through actions, words, or voices, everyone can do something.
For instance, students may speak up about a creative idea. Or, they may say something if they see something wrong going on. Likewise, they may plant seeds to grow food or wear whatever clothes make them feel comfortable! Honestly, Reynolds reminds every kid activist that it is essential to use their abilities in positive ways.
When teaching students the importance of speaking up, they must feel empowered. They need to know their voice can make a change. Thankfully, amazing activities are ready to go when teaching students about speaking up with Say Something! Teachers just need to print and teach.
There is a guide to help teachers get started. This includes an introduction to help students prepare for their learning and sets a purpose for the read-aloud. Likewise, it has key vocabulary words to review with students.
Discussion is a huge component of learning. It is vital to talk out thoughts and opinions. Thus, there are talking points with higher-level thinking questions to help support student discussion. Each question has a page number to help teachers know where to stop. Honestly, this discussion is an incredible way to deepen understanding of speaking up and responding in meaningful ways.
Every student learns differently. Some prefer to talk, while others prefer a more private reflection. Therefore, there are written responses and activity sheets to help students connect with the text. 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.
Teachers work hard to ensure students understand how the material taught in the class relates to life outside the school. Therefore, there are task cards that provide scenarios or thought-provoking questions. Each task card will help students understand the importance of speaking up. Honestly, students will realize how important it is to use their voices and actions to make positive changes.
There are different ways to use the task cards. Honestly, they work great for whole class or small group discussions. They even work perfectly for individual work time. No matter how students complete the task cards, they will appreciate focusing on speaking up with Say Something,
Students are the future leaders of the world. Therefore, they must practice speaking up now. They need to gain more confidence in knowing their voice truly does matter. Thankfully, speaking up with Say Something will be a fantastic unit for students. The book and Read Aloud Activities will be inspiring ways to help students understand how strong they are.
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