3-Minute Video About Social-Emotional Classroom Applications of the Bestselling Picture Book
“When I’m reading The Pout-Pout Fish with my students, I want them to realize that no matter how they’re feeling, it’s okay. Everyone’s feelings are valid! But your feelings can also change. You can make yourself—or you can help your friends—feel better by doing acts of kindness!”
Sometimes, we can all use a small act of kindness to brighten our day and help fix a grumpy mood.
Graduate Instructor for Early Language and Literacy Development Emily Yerty loves how the Book of the Week, The Pout-Pout Fish, written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Dan Hanna, offers a great opportunity to discuss social-emotional topics with students, such as:
• Back-to-School Feelings: By looking at feelings through the lens of a character like the Pout-Pout Fish, students feel more comfortable expressing times when they have felt similarly grumpy or down.
• Learning About Change: When the Pout-Pout Fish finally cheers up at the end of the story, readers see how characters—and even people—can change through their experiences.
• Practicing Boundaries: In the story, the Pout-Pout Fish receives a kiss that cheers him up. This is a good time to talk with students about the importance of maintaining personal space and getting permission before touching someone.
• Daily Feelings Check-in: Even if you’re teaching virtually, you can still connect with students’ emotions by checking in online each day.
• Class Feelings Book: Encourage students to draw and label one thing that makes them pout and three things that make them happy! Then compile their answers into a class book.
Watch Emily’s teacher review video to learn more! Plus download a free printable “Feelings Check-In” classroom activity (courtesy of Emily) in Cooked Up from a Book.
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