We read the story “Chrysanthemum” last week. Ask your child to tell you what the story was about.

After reading the story each student wrote their name on squares and glued them to paper. We were able to compare the number of vowels and consonant in names as well as the length of names. We created several graphs to show the differences and similarities between names.

We also used the story to discuss being bucket fillers. We talked about how words can hurt one another and though we may say sorry for things we do, sorry cannot fix all empty buckets. Instead children need to think and show empathy before they act. We learned this tricky lesson by wrinkling a paper heart each time Chrysanthemum was teased in the story. At the end of the story we said sorry and tried to flatten the heart with a band aid. Though the heart flattened it was still wrinkled and a great visual to show the kids what words and actions can do to each other.


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