Sadly, the Earth is experiencing devastating consequences. For instance, polar ice caps are melting as global warming causes climate change. Additionally, people are filling our beautiful land with trash. There is so much harm done daily, but many people do not realize it. Thus, students must understand the importance of protecting our environment. Thankfully, teaching responsibility with What If Everybody Did That? is an impactful way to remind students to appreciate our world.
What If Everybody Did That?
Author Ellen Javernick and illustrator Colleen Madden take readers through a series of scenarios focusing on thoughtless behavior.
Many times, kids do something without thinking about the result. For instance, they may drop litter on the ground or splash too much at the pool. Since many kids make decisions in the heat of the moment, they do not see the big deal behind their actions. For instance, they do not see the harmful consequences to Earth if everyone litters. Likewise, they do not know how people feel after being splashed.
The world would be a mess if people were not responsible for their actions. Thankfully, teaching responsibility with What If Everybody Did That? shows how amazing the world could be if everyone obeyed rules.
Teaching Responsibility with Read Aloud Activities
Learning to make decisions independently is intimidating for many students! While they want to make the right decision, they need positive modeling and guidance. Thankfully, the activities with this resource are all low-prep ways to integrate Social Emotional Learning into the day.
Since teachers are so busy, a guide outlines the unit. Specifically, this provides an introduction to help prepare students and sets the purpose for the read-aloud. Additionally, it includes key vocabulary words.
When teaching responsibility with What If Everybody Did That, students need to reflect on the different situations. Therefore, there are talking points with higher-level thinking questions. Honestly, this is a great way to deepen our understanding of the importance of responsible decision-making. Each question even has a page number to help teachers know where to stop in the story.
Reflection is a huge component of deep learning. Therefore, there are written responses and activity sheets to ensure students reflect on this material. There are multiple options for differentiation.
Furthermore, there is hands-on craftivity! Students will love how the craft connects the story to students’ lives.
Teachers work hard to ensure students understand how the material taught in the 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 making responsible decisions.
There are different ways to use the task cards. Honestly, they work great for whole class or small group discussions. Students will love discussing the importance of responsibility with classmates!
Teachers educate students on so much more than just math, science, social studies, and language arts. They prepare students for life outside of school. Thus, Social-Emotional Learning skills are often at the forefront of teachers’ minds.
Thankfully, teaching responsibility with What If Everybody Did That? will help students understand why they need to think before acting. This fantastic story and Read Aloud Activities will inspire students to be role models.
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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