How might we deepen our thinking and teaching around strengthening our learners’ character foundation? What if we spend some time thinking deeply about children’s literature and planning how to use it in our read-aloud moments to connect to character, values, and social-emotional learning and growth?

Our media specialists, Meredith and Myra, continue to develop a collection of children’s books for this purpose. This collection will be available for check out (and back in) all summer.  You may also select books that you find and regularly use.

Let’s read 10 picture books and plan learning intentions to use them for character education and values learning during read-aloud and other teachable moments with our students.

When designing these learning intentions:

  • Use the same Visible Thinking Routines, Sentence-Phrase-Word and/or Connect-Extend-Challenge, to read closely.
  • Notice and note big Ideas, themes, and teaching points.
  • Notice and note connection to reading and writing strategies.
  • Notice and note connection to Progress Report Checklist of Skills.

See below for two examples and some suggested books:

Here’s what to do:

  1. Select and read a book.
  2. Open and make a copy of the lesson intention template.
  3. Complete the lesson intention.
  4. Share it with Jill and drop a link to your plan in the comments below.
    (There is an example there too.)
  5. Repeat.

Here are some book suggestions from Meredith and Myra:

25 thoughts on “Using Children’s Literature to Build Character Foundation

  1. Here’s my lesson intention for Rachel Bright’s Love Monster and the Last Chocolate.Love Monster and the Last Chocolate

    Sentence: But just as he went to lift the lid, he had a sort of queasy-squeezy feeling in his heart.
    Phrase: … stop to think of others…
    Word: kinder

  2. shaun mccarthy

    Sharing my lesson intention from Giraffes Can’t Dance:
    Giraffes Can't Dance

    Sentence: We all can dance when we find music we love.

    Phrase: Gerald swallowed bravely …

    Word: Sommersault

  3. shaun mccarthy

    Here is my Marshmallow lesson intention.
    Marshamallow

    Sentence: The bunny cuddled up to him.

    Phrase: … that they were friends

    Word: Friendship

  4. Here is my lesson intention for The Little Red Hen
    The Little Red Hen
    Sentence: The Little Red ended up doing all of the work around the house.

    Phrase: Not I

    Word: All

  5. Here is my lesson intention for Hey, Little Ant

    Sentence: Well, now it’s gonna squish you flat

    Phrase: ….much like me

    Word: should

  6. Here is my lesson intention for Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

    Sentence: That night Lilly drew a new picture of Mr. Slinger and wrote a story about him, too.

    Phrase: ….really really sorry

    Word: felt

  7. Here is my lesson intention for It’s Hard to be a Verb

    Sentence: You be in charge of all the wiggles at large.
    Phrase: the exact same thing over and over again
    Word: focus

  8. Here is my lesson intention for Memoirs of a Goldfish

    Sentence: I got some company today.
    Phrase: they need me
    Word: family

  9. Here is my lesson intention for Sound Sound Switch Around

    Sentence: Imagine what would happen, if for just one day, each one of us had to transform the way we talk and the words we say?!

    Phrase: the perfect voice to steal

    Word: communicate

  10. Here is my lesson intention for Enemy Pie

    Sentence: What kinds of disgusting things would I put into a pie for an enemy?

    Phrase: lost my best enemy

    Word: friend

  11. Here is my lesson intention for What if Everybody Did That?

    Sentence: What if everybody did that?

    Phrase: just one…

    Word: wanted

  12. Here is my lesson intention for Stick and Stone

    Sentence: Alone is no fun.

    Phrase: Together again

    Word: friendship

  13. Here is my lesson intention for A Perfectly Messed Up Story

    Sentence: Books are important. They teach us stuff and they inspire us.

    Phrase: A book no one will ever want, read, or love.

    Word: story

  14. Here is my lesson intention for Me, Too

    Sentence: She was wondering if she would have anything in common with her classmates.
    Phrase: Looking at this web
    Word: connection

  15. Here is my lesson intention for The Teddy Bear

    Sentence: He took the teddy bear in his rough hands and hugged him.

    Phrase: My bear!

    Word: wailing

  16. Here is my lesson intention for The Cow who Climbed a Tree

    Sentence: And after that, they couldn’t wait to see what else was possible.

    Phrase: For the first time,…

    Word: nonsense

  17. Here is my learning intention for Giraffes Can”t Dance

    Sentence: We all can dance when we find music we love.

    Phrase: Gerald swallowed bravely …

    Word: Sommersault

  18. Here is my learning intention for Farmer Duck

    Sentence: But nobody spoke!

    Phrase: …stole down the hall.

    Word: Quack!

  19. Here is my learning intention for Hey, Little Ant

    Sentence: You’re so tiny you don’t look real.

    Phrase: …you are very much like me.

    Word: should

  20. Here is my learning intention for Those Shoes

    Sentence: Maybe they wrote it down wrong.

    Phrase: with my own money

    Word: time

  21. Here is my lesson intention for Me…Jane

    Sentence: It was a magical world full of joy and wonder, and Jane felt very much a part of it.

    Phrase: observed a miracle

    Word: dream

  22. Here is my lesson intention for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

    Sentence: They all had all that they wanted.

    Phrase: that magic must be at work

    Word: pebble

  23. Here is my lesson intention for Swimmy

    Sentence: We are going to swim all together like the biggest fish in the sea!

    Phrase: He taught them….

    Word: Think

  24. Here is my lesson intention for The Cow That Went Oink

    Sentence: The cows that went MOO laughed at the cow that went OINK

    Phrase: tried again

    Word: friendly

  25. Here is my lesson intention for The Mixed-Up Chameleon

    Sentence: Oh, if I could only be myself!

    Phrase: I wish I could be…

    Word: me

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