Free Downloadable Discussion Guide and Printable Activity Inspired by Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
by Alana Pedalino
Alexander has some big feelings about his bad day. And it’s hard to blame him because we’ve all been there!
Learning how to recognize intense emotions in ourselves and others is an important social-emotional skill. Just like first-grade-teacher-turned-homeschooling-mom Emily Yerty shares with us in Book Talks, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a great way to open up a class discussion about characterization, emotions, and helping others through their feelings.
After reading Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with your students, download this free discussion guide and ask your class questions about Alexander’s behavior:
Then using the free printable activity below, encourage your students to think about how Alexander responds to his bad day. In this activity, students can write and/or draw what Alexander thinks, says, loves, and doesn’t like in different bubbles.
You can also take a page out of Emily’s book and have students cut out the activity and affix to a class anchor chart to help them remember how to consider the feelings of others and Alexander’s characterization.
How did your students’ activities turn out? We’d love to hear from you! If you’re able, please share their work with us on Facebook and Instagram
using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs. And don’t forget to check out Emily’s teacher review video on Book Talks for more tips on using this book in your classroom.