A Short Teacher Review Video on Practicing Cause and Effect and More
by Tatiana Florival
“My favorite part of Judy Moody was all of her moods. I felt like this would be a great book to kind of help teach kids how to deal with different moods, whether they’re happy and excited, or if they’re in a bad mood and they have to work it out. So I feel like Judy going through all of this is a great example of how kids can cope as well.”
—Kyndel Edens, 4th and 5th Grade Reading Teacher
“I think Stink is a very relatable character. He has a problem he’s working through, and he’s able to talk to different adults that he trusts. I also think there [are] a lot of cross-curricular connections you could make [using Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid].”
—Alison Gray, 3rd Grade Teacher
A major reason why Judy Moody and Stink are so popular with kid readers is that they are just like regular real-life kids—and siblings—who are dealing with the same issues. That’s also why teachers love Megan McDonald’s bestselling series! Our two Books of the Week—Judy Moody Was in a Mood and Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid—offer a great way to introduce kids to these two beloved characters.
In their book review video, Kyndel Edens and Alison Gray, two teachers from St. Mary Catholic School in Mobile, Alabama, present some ways they use the Judy Moody and Stink books in their own classrooms to enrich their students’ reading, including:
• Making a “Me Collage”: Like Judy Moody in Judy Moody Was in a Mood—and the Book Boys in this week’s video—students can create a collage by cutting out or drawing pictures of their favorite hobbies and interests that represent who they are.
• Exploring Cause and Effect: In both stories, Judy and Stink do things that create chain reactions that have unintended consequences. Alison suggests asking kids to pick a situation from one of the stories and write about how an action affects the situation. It’s also a great way to explore all of Judy Moody’s various moods—and how Judy’s decision to change her mood and make the best of a situation creates a different outcome. You can try this out with your own students using the free downloadable cause-and-effect activity sheet in Cooked Up from a Book!
Jumping off from these two Books of the Week, Kyndel and Alison also highly recommend setting up a book club (needless to say, we already love this idea!), having a “book tasting” of five titles about a new topic, and letting students choose which ones they want to read as a way to get immersed in the topic.
Watch Kyndel and Alison’s teacher review video to discover how you might use Judy Moody and Stink with your class!
How do you plan to use Judy Moody Was in a Mood or Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid in your curriculum? We’d love to hear from you! If you’re able, please share with us and other Scholastic Book Clubs teachers on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
JUDY MOODY. Text copyright © 2000 by Megan McDonald. Illustrations copyright © 2000 by Peter H. Reynolds. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.
STINK: THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING KID. Text copyright © 2005 by Megan McDonald. Illustrations copyright © 2005 by Peter H. Reynolds. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.
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