As we head into the latter part of the school year, we can all get a bit grumpy. Let's face it, life in a crowded place can wear on us. As I tell my kids, "sometimes it's just too much togetherness." Occasionally, we just need a break and chance to be grumpy for a bit.
Helping students both understand their feelings and find appropriate ways to cope is a big part of effective classroom management. I find picture books to be a great way to do that while teaching content at the same time.
Jim woke up grumpy and got grumpier the more everyone tried to tell him what to do about it. When Norman finally tells Jim, "It's a wonderful day to be grumpy." Jim finally starts to feel a little bit better. There's just something about being understood that's more helpful than the most well-intentioned advice.
Well...you know me. I can't ever read just one book. I have to pair a book with, at least, one other text to liven things up and get students thinking. So, here's a few texts to pair it with.
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
"Magical Eraser" by Shel Silverstein
"A Grumpy Poem" by Daniel, age 5
Don't forget to grab your copy of my End-of-Year Checklist. I promise, it'll help you feel less grumpy as you finish out your year in May or June. :)