Books, Books and More Books

It must be the weekend cause I'm talking about books! Today I would like to highlight a couple of books I used to teach the value of respect. Each month in our school we focus on one value, teach it, anchor chart it, read about it, you get the idea. At the end of the month at our spirit assembly each teacher selects a student who has exemplified this value and presents them with a brag tag. Here are a few books I used for respect.

A great book teaching the Golden Rule - Do unto otters as you would have otters do to you! This great book is chock full of manners and great comical illustrations. It is also available on Bookflix (if you have that).

We also read:

A story about a not so attractive fish who has a nasty habit of eating every fish that comes into his tank. He realizes that he is a little lonely and perhaps he would like someone to hang out with - and he gets HIS wish - a big new fish enters the tank. Unfortunately Ugly Fish learns the lesson of treat others how you want to be treated by being treated the way he treated others - yep , not a happy ending - the kids were shocked!

Another book we read this week is one of my favourites to use when teaching parts of speech - in particular verbs. It is written as an ABC book - but the illustration comes before the text - so the students can generate predictions about what verb they think describes what is happening in the illustration. These are some stellar verbs: evapourating, vanishing, quartered and are a great jumping off point for generating a class list of strong verbs. And of course Chris Van Allsburg's illustrations are amazing.

Tomorrow we will be continuing with the Blue Spruce nominated books with a book that I really enjoy. I love the illustrations and it is a great little message since we are kicking off No Name Calling Week.

You may recognize the title characters from this little gem about friendship...

Here are the follow up worksheets we are doing for this book - one is for Grade 1/2 and the other for Grade 3/4. Check out last week's blog for our first book and follow up. Tomorrow is our first vote - since we will have two books to choose from. Come back next week to see which way the kids have voted!


  1. Thank you for the resources. I am looking for ideas about how to teach attributes of character. I will have to find a copy of Do Unto Otters.

    1. Another book we used this week (well the supply teacher did, while I was at a workshop!) was Big Words for Little People by Jamie Lee Curtis - they used it as a jumping off point for examples of how to show different character values.

  2. Hi!!

    I am so glad I found your blog! I am a third grade reading teacher and I am absolutely crazy about books. I can't wait to read more from you! I'm your newest follower!

    Koonces Korner


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