School has started which means my lessons are in full swing.
In first grade we are learning all about our emotions and how to cope with the tough ones like disappointment, loneliness and anger.
I love reading “Ravi’s Roar,” the story about Ravi who feels so left out he turns into a roaring tiger. I use my book companion activity set to discuss how we can tame our anger tiger and discover the feelings beneath the anger.
It’s the perfect partner to Sesame Street Belly Breathing Video.
I facilitate this lesson without the classroom teacher present, because I think it facilitates an open and honest conversation about how they want their teacher to treat them. For example, one class told me they wished “their teacher talked slower.”
As we discuss this I talk about how “teacher” could mean me, a special area teacher, or really any adult in the building. As we talk we continue expand the conversation to how we will treat each other throughout the building.
At the end we all sign in agreement. This year many of my students called it their “Declaration of ___’s class” as it aligned with what they were learning about in social studies.
At the end of class I take a picture of the agreement and then give the copy to their teacher. (P.S. Our fast talking teacher laughed and agreed.)