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After an acorn falls on a young chicken’s head, he ends up believing that the skyis falling. With the help of his friends, hetries to find a way to prove his belief that the sky is falling so he can save his family and friends.Camilla is a child who longs to fit in with the students and friends at her school. The more she tries to fit in and be like those surrounding her, her appearances changes by adding colorful stripes ontoher body. She soon finds that finding friendship is about being yourself.One engaging instructional activity is Think-Pair-Share. Using all three of these pieces ofliterature, Think-Pair-Share can integrate multiple representations of concepts and skills into content area instruction. After introducing the theme of friendshipto students, students can be divided up into 3 and 4 to think about new ideas and thoughts. After reading A Bad Case of Stripes and Chicken Little, students can compare the common theme with their groups and think about what they would do as a friend to de-escalate the problem in both stories. After reading How to Grow a Friend, a teacher may begin think-pair-share to get students thinking about how gardening and starting a friendship can be related. 3
Genres and books within the theme: FriendshipTheme:LoveLoveLoveGrade Level:2nd Grade2nd Grade2nd GradeTitle and Author:Daddy’s Song, Karen RitzThe Ugly Duckling, Hans Christian AndersonLove Me, Love You, RobinSpowartGenre of Book:Picture BooksTraditional LiteratureFantasySummary:This book uses catchy rhythms and rhymes toengage children in reading about the love that daddies have. From dad’s perspective, he reads or sings to his child a poem that talks about having a fun day with dad.Born into a family of small yellow ducklings, the ugly duckling was born tall, white and black,and did not fit in with his siblings. After a rough time of accepting his differences, the ugly duckling grows up into a beautiful swan and he grows to love himself.