The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman

Recommended Grades: K-2

Every day, Snail waits for Fish to come home with a new story. Today, Fish wants to show Snail in a new story. But, Snail wants to remain safely at home in the book he is in. What happens to the story when they disagree?

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Building Community/Theme: Read aloud The Story of Fish and Snail and discuss what it means to be a food friend. How was Fish a good friend? How was Snail a good friend? Or use the story when discussing themes of literature.   What evidence can you find in the text to support the theme?Pair The Story of Fish and Snail with other books with the theme of friendship.

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Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Chloe doesn’t really know why she turns away from the new girl, Maya, when Maya tries to befriend her.  And then one day Maya is gone.  When Chloes teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the opportunity thats been lost. 

Lesson Idea:  


Theme: Read aloud Each Kindness as part of a unit on kindness.  Begin withEach Kindness and ladder it to The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes and Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  Create a kindness jar and ask students to write a kindness about their classmates on strips of paper to add to the jar.  During class meetings, read aloud one or two kindnesses each week.

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