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Many of my lessons involve reading a book aloud to the class as a way to open discussion before some type of game or activity. Did I just give away my secret formula?! Recently, I was discussing read alouds with a colleague and mentioned a few of the ways that I like to integrate literacy skills. To help, I've created a FREE one page go-to-guide for integrating literacy into counseling lessons that I've included at the bottom of this post.
I love this book! The kids really connect with it. It has great text-to-world and text-to-self connections. Each class tends to find something different in the meaning and it always sparks serious debate. Some classes notice that patchwork skin vs elephant skin is analogous to race and skin color. Some classes note that sometimes people think they don't fit in when they really do. This story is wonderful!
You can download the lesson plans and the printable activities here.
The kids love this story and get really into the gigantic wave, the enormous shark, and the journey of Kaulu to rescue his brother. You can download the lesson plans here.
I am starting a new tradition and including the Connections to Literacy guide with every lesson plan. I include questions to ask and connections to make for that specific book. What do you do to incorporate literacy or other academic domains in your counseling lessons?