Reading Buddies and Paying it Forward- one day at a time!

We are back! Sorry to be gone so long- we have been swamped but are back to update you on all the wonderful things that we have been doing 🙂 After holiday break we made resolutions for the new year. Since we are a “go big of go home” group we decided we were going to try to change the world for the better- one day at a time. This started our “pay it forward” initiative. Mrs. Baldocchi started the challenge off by showing us a movie about a boy who changed his world around after deciding change comes from within. We made a pact that we would do 3 things for 3 people and in lieu of payment and or thanks we would ask those 3

people to pay it forward to 3 more people. We did the math- it gets huge fast!!!! Check it out!!

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Mrs. B started off our journey with a question- “Can just one person change the world?” We think so- here is the board that we created in order to document our experiences with “paying it forward”! 

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Then- as if the world knew what we were up to- Mrs. B’s friend, Lesley Etherly, sent us free copies of her newest children’s books! She is a Chicago author who writes pro- social books for young children. We read them and decided we were going to adopt the third grade and teach them lessons on bullying! We call them our “reading buddies” This week was our first lesson using the book “Baxter the Bully”. Check it out 

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We took Mrs. B up on the challenge to create, design, and plan a lesson plan. We worked for a week planning and practicing and decided that teacher’s have a ton of work planning lessons! 

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D.J. Making sure everyone was differentiating the lesson! 

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Precious after she admitted that lesson planning was no easy task! 

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Fabian and Tiffany talking about projecting your voice. 

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Renell practicing her part of the lesson. 

Then Friday came around and we were ready to roll! We walked into a room of 50 third graders! The pressure was on!

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Here are some shots of us reading- our audience was amazing! We brought our class fish Nemo and told the kids that they must have Nemo in order to talk- they did wonderful! 

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Our buddies loved the book and had great ideas about how they could help stop bulling at school and in their community. 

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We ended up our lesson with a culminating activity to enforce the lessons of the book- we made a mural with our buddies!!!! We traced our hands and took a pledge to be better people. Inside our hands we wrote how you can be a better person and what you can do to end bullying! Here are some shots of us hard at work creating the mural. Check out the great messages!!!!

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Didn’t they do an awesome job! Here is a shot of all of us in front of our masterpiece. We hung the mural on the third floor so everyone can see our message!

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Check us out next post to see and hear all about our Holocaust unit!