Books worth reading to students

Bully B.E.A.N.S.

Bully B.E.A.N.S. - Julia Cook

This book could introduce the topic of bullying to students. I really like how relatable this book is to younger students. So I would read this book to younger students mostly. This book has an ATOS level of 3.6. I would read this book to my class during the first week of school. I saw two cool ideas on Pinterest that involved using this book. After reading this book, each student could get their very own bean cut out from construction paper and write ways to stand up to bullying on it. The teacher could make a banner that has a jar on it and a cute phrase about the book and bullying. All of the beans could go on the jar banner. I liked this idea because having the visual could be a good reminder to students throughout the school year. The teacher could even take it a step further and explain the difference in tattling and reporting bullying with the next idea. A teacher had two jars, a tattling jar and a reporting jar. As the teacher read scenarios, the students placed a bean in the jar that they thought described it. This would be a great way to eliminant tattling in the classroom. I also think it would be a good idea to compare and contrast how the bully of the book felt at the beginning, middle, and end of the book so that students put themselves in her shoes. They could do this using an activity sheet.