Monday, June 4, 2012

Make a Difference Monday- Fairness

In April, I linked up with Maria Dismondy to share ideas for teaching about empathy. In May, we linked up again to provide ideas for teaching respect and now it is time for us to link up once again. This time to share ideas for teaching about fairness. Be sure to check out Maria's post to see how Ernie and Cookie Monster learn a lesson in fairness.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal's books are some of my favorites and It's Not Fair! is no exception.
It's Not Fair! rolls through a list of complaints about perceived slights to more common gripes such as he got the bigger cookie to out and out silly ones like when the stool complains that the chair got an extra leg. Through it all your students will get the idea that fairness is a matter of perspective. Following a reading of the book, have students talk about times that are really unfair and how they handle them and move on. Guide students to gain the understanding that sometimes life is unfair and we have to find a way to deal with it and other times we are just complaining  like when the pig, in the book, wants wings.

Be sure to follow Maria's Pinterest board Make a Difference Mondays- Teaching Character for a list of picture books you can use to teach your students character traits. 


Barbara said...

LOVE this author . . . and the kids LOVE this book!! Thanks for sharing.


School Sparks Renee said...

I'll have to check this out. Looks adorable with a great lesson for kids. Renee

Maria said...

I've never heard of this one! I can't wait to get it. Thank you April!!! Congrats on your Starbucks reward :)

Kelly Thigpen said...

I LOVE this book! I think it would go hand and hand with this lesson in my classrooms! Thanks for sharing!

Here is a lesson on being first isn't always best!