Looking to do some SEL during October for Halloween? These social and emotional learning lessons use the book The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky by Jory John to model discussions around the concept of ‘BIG DEAL vs. LITTLE DEAL’ – help your students understand what problems are BIG and what problems are LITTLE!
Readers With Character is a collection of Social & Emotional Learning / Character Education Lessons for the general education classroom teacher.
HOW ARE THESE LESSONS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SEL/CHARACTER ED LESSONS?
⇨ Each weekly unit focuses on ONE Social/Emotional/Character ‘goal’ so your students have time to digest and understand the message.
⇨ Each weekly focus is based upon one mentor text that is read on Monday, giving students a frame of reference and schema about the focus of the week in a kid-friendly and relatable way.
⇨ Each daily lesson is designed to take only 15 minutes of class time, making it manageable for the busy classroom teacher.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THIS RESOURCE?
This resource is a ONE WEEK unit lasting 5 days/15 minutes per day.
Focus of the Week: Big Deal vs. Little Deal
Mentor Text of the Week: The Good, the Bad and the Spooky by Jory John and Pete Oswald
The ‘Bad Seed’ is grumpy and stressed because he doesn’t think he can think of a Halloween costume that will be the BEST. He makes such a big deal out of it that he tricks his friends into cancelling Halloween altogether.
After realizing that no fun was being had at all, he decided that his Halloween costume choice wasn’t really a BIG DEAL, but it was in fact a LITTLE DEAL – instead, it’s more important to have fun together and he didn’t need to let this small problem ruin Halloween.
YOUR WEEK USING THIS UNIT WILL GO A LITTLE LIKE THIS…
⇨ Monday: Students will listen to the read aloud (you, if you own the book -OR- find a YouTube reading!). Question and discussion prompts included.
⇨ Tuesday: Students will engage with you in a classroom meeting where you will remind students of the focus, and begin to generalize the story so it can apply to your focus. Students will draw and/or write their understanding of the focus of the week in their journals.
⇨ Wednesday: Students will view a video clip. Then, another community building classroom meeting will be held to talk about how the video clip relates to the focus of the week.
⇨ Thursday: Students will engage in an activity to reinforce the focus of the week. This week’s activity is an interactive presentation where you will discuss specific scenarios and decide whether they are a BIG DEAL or a LITTLE DEAL. Whole group presentation or small group sort are both included.
⇨ Friday: Students will draw and/or write about their new learning by completing prompts in their journal. Then, students will take their journals home and share the ‘Home Connection’ with their families.
BONUS ACTIVITY: Students can draw a Halloween costume for the seed and write about it!
*Detailed lesson plans are provided for each day!
One-page PDF that includes links to the following:
- Link to video read-aloud of the book
- Link to video of the week
- Google Slides link to weekly journal
- Google Slides link to Home Connection
- Google slides link to classroom visuals
- Google Slides link to presentation