November 21, 2015

Only One You

I came across Only One You by Linda Kranz last spring and LOVED it. I love the little messages sent throughout this book while a little rockfish learns to go off on his own. I read it to my students on the last day of school last year. We talked about what message each of the students would take with them to 4th grade.

Fast-forward to this year and my principals are doing Book of the Month for the whole school. Only One You was chosen as our book for October. I knew the activity I wanted to do with it right away! Since the 1st day of school we have held a Gratitude Circle each day after lunch. We were using laminated colorful circles with each student’s name. By the time October rolled around they were coming apart and looking well used. Which they were! The kids beg to meet in circle! So… after reading the book, I gave students a rock with his or her name on it and they decorated them with Sharpies. Then we put them in our gratitude cup. We talked about how each and every student is different and how lucky we are for that. The students noted that all the rocks were different, too! Now we use our rock fish in our gratitude circle. The students pass the cup around and pull out a rock. Then we share something special with the person whose rock we pulled. Sometimes we compliment each other or thank each other for something they’ve done. Sometimes something silly happens and students chose their own name. Then they can compliment themselves and how nice does that feel?!

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