3-Minute Teacher Review Video About Building Resilience and Learning to Be Compassionate
by Tatiana Florival
“This book is good for showing students empathy and compassion, and helping them look outside themselves.” —Kimberly Carthans
A story of resilience, Wishes is a picture book about a refugee family’s journey to find a new home.
Kimberly Carthans, a third grade teacher from Thomas Metcalf School in Illinois, read Wishes with her class as part of a social-emotional lesson on having hope, adapting to change, and learning to be empathetic toward others.
Watch Kimberly’s teacher review video to learn how you can use Wishes in your classroom, with activities including:
• Comparing and Contrasting: Students can create Venn diagrams to compare and contrast moods, plots, and characters in Wishes and other books by the author, such as In a Village by the Sea
• Expressing Emotions Through Art: Kimberly’s students make art that demonstrates their understanding of the emotions felt by the characters throughout Wishes
• Learning Geography: Kimberly uses Google Earth with her students to follow the route that the family travels in the story
Which of Kimberly’s teaching strategies will you try in your classroom? The Scholastic Book Clubs community would love to hear from you, so please share on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
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