4-Minute Teacher Review Video on Using Anchor Charts and Social-Emotional Learning to Teach Character Analysis and Empathy
by Alana Pedalino
“Usually, even if we’re having a really bad day, there’s something we can learn from that experience.” —Emily Yerty, First Grade Teacher and Homeschooling Mom
Noticing when a friend is having a bad day and then supporting them is an important social-emotional skill. And first-grade-teacher-turned-homeschooling-mom Emily Yerty finds that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a relatable, funny way to start a conversation with students about recognizing when someone (themselves and others) is having a bad day.
In Emily’s Scholastic Book Clubs–exclusive teacher review video, Emily shares how she uses Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day virtually and in person with her students to practice character analysis and empathy.
• Reread After Holidays: Transitioning back to school after a break can be a real challenge. Help students remember that it’s okay to have rough days by doing a class read-aloud of this book.
• Class Anchor Chart: Students can each analyze Alexander’s character by identifying things he loves, things he doesn’t like, what he thinks about, and what he says (or might say). Then combine all the students’ work to create an anchor chart.
• Social-Emotional Learning (SEL): Ask students questions to help them make empathic text-to-self connections, such as how Alexander is feeling at different points throughout the story, what choices he has, and what decisions students would make if they were in Alexander’s shoes.
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