Practicing Good Choices
by Alexie Basil, inspired by an activity by PreK teacher Zoe Kleinmann
After reading The Bad Seed, written by Jory John and illustrated by Pete Oswald, with your class, try PreK teacher Zoe Kleinmann’s creative classroom activity with your students to help them practice social-emotional skills and good decision-making.
“Bad seeds” can make good choices! It just takes practice.
Zoe Kleinmann—who is also featured in this week’s Book Talk—asks her PreK students to flex their social-emotional muscles (and creativity!) by drawing the titular character from The Bad Seed as he thinks about making a good choice.
Encourage your students to try this fun classroom activity by making their own “bad seeds” out of paper, then demonstrating their decision-making process inside of a thought bubble (or as a drawing in their brains)!
Younger students can draw their “bad seed” acting out a good choice in the thought bubble. Older students can write out the good choice instead.
Looking for inspiration? Here are some pictures of second grade students from Imagine Charter School in Weston, Florida, making their own “bad seeds” consider good choices.
How did the activity turn out in your classroom? We’d love to see your students’ work! Please share photos with us on social media using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
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