October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and JillE Literacy has a wealth of resources that can help teachers address this important topic among even the youngest learners. Authentic social-emotional learning is part of every fiction title, providing meaningful opportunities for children to explore emotions, empathize, connect, and walk in another’s shoes.
Built-in discussion prompts and mini-lessons help students explore essential social-emotional skills and competencies that combat bullying, such as developing empathy and treating others with kindness, within the safety of a contained fictional world.
In this touching story, Brachio is a big dinosaur who protects the small mouse lizards from the chomping, stomping dinosaurs and, despite his size, becomes a target of bullying himself.
The story provides safe and authentic opportunities for social-emotional learning when students discuss why the characters act the way they do, develop empathy for the characters and for one another, and explore strategies for dealing with bullies and for extending kindness to others.
Enjoy this JillE Literacy Read Aloud Book with children and download the built-in Teacher Notes from the Related Resources below to guide students before, during, and after reading. Then follow up with your choice of six response activities from the back of the book, including a mini-lesson on the Social-Emotional Learning competency of kindness and consideration.
How to engage students and enhance the read-aloud experience before, during, and after reading:
A choice of six activities to extend learning beyond the read-aloud:
Brachio comes from the Grade K Whole-Class Resources kit but is appropriate for children and teachers of all ages!
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JillE Literacy was created by educator, author, and international literacy consultant Jill Eggleton, QSO. Since her earliest days as a classroom teacher in New Zealand, Jill has known that there is no room for struggle, pain, or boredom in reading.
Teachers need books that work as hard as they do. Today’s teachers have more demands on their time than ever. JillE Literacy lets teachers spend less time planning and more time teaching.
Engagement is key. There is no room for struggle, pain, or boredom in reading. To engage young readers, teachers need books and poems that spark emotion, imagination, critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity.
Foundational literacy skills need to be explicitly and systematically taught. You cannot read if you can’t decode accurately. However, you cannot learn to read by just learning to decode. JillE Literacy embeds explicit instruction and repeated practice in foundational literacy skills throughout every text, uniquely using highly engaging books and poems rather than the usual dull, decodable texts.
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