“Not This Bear!,” by Bernice Myers, although first published in 1971, is a humorous gem that offers up perhaps the most important lesson a K-1 student of today can learn.
Judy Blume’s first book, although written in the 1960’s, captures the pains of isolation and identity crisis kids experience in today’s society, even K-1 students. Exploration of this story can offer them a connection to the past while preparing them for social challenges they’ll face in the future.
Young students may not always be “in the mood” to participate in punctuation lessons, but they typically have a voracious appetite for music. Combining the two can really open doors for learning.
With this lesson plan, teach students how to give life to their plays by remaining open to story possibilities. In so doing, you may also encourage them to broaden their imaginations, deepen their characters and, at the same time, exercise generosity as writers.