Our first read aloud this year has been Abby Cooper's debut novel Sticks and Stones. We are so close to the home stretch. I know the kids wanted me to keep reading today to finish. Today, we clapped and cheered. I also cried (tears of joy) while students identified the "heart of the story" (which matches what we are doing in writing as we write our narratives).
Our character, Elyse, can't wait to see her picture on the poster for this year's Explorer Leader. She has been longing to see all of the compliments that her peers would write on the poster, which in turn, would fulfill her need for acceptance- or so she thought!
Students made their own "poster" today and using a wax-resist, "tattooed" our own words of "self-love" demonstrating that we too have the power to change our mind-set.
Here are some examples of completed posters. It was a great day and a much needed break from our fast paced world.
It is a great read! I hope you consider picking up a copy for yourself!