Free Downloadable Lesson Plan and Activity Inspired by Ruby Finds a Worry
by Alana Pedalino
When Ruby first discovers her Worry, it is tiny. But as her anxiety grows, Ruby’s Worry gets bigger and bigger—until she finally opens up to a new friend and discovers she’s not so alone!
After reading Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival with your students, take a cue from the Book Boys and first grade teacher Kathy Sahagian and have your students draw their own worries.
Your class can then take the activity one step further by having students pair off and talk about things they are worried about. By sharing and listening, both students can help make each other’s worries shrink and disappear, just like in the book!
Download this free printable class activity to encourage students to draw and color their response:
If you don’t have a printer, students can create their own version of the activity by drawing and coloring on blank paper. To incorporate a writing component, ask students to write a short paragraph on the back about what they would say (or do) to help their new friend before they complete the One Step Further section.
This activity is great for helping students to think through how they could be kinder and more thoughtful toward others. It also helps kids:
• Express themselves
• Practice listening skills
• Develop empathy
For more resources to use with Ruby Finds a Worry, check out our discussion guide—it’s chock-full of questions for encouraging kids to share their feelings.
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