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Kindergarten Unit 1
Self-Awareness & Self-Management

 

Question 1. What is a feeling?

Students will know:
1. The definitions of basic feelings
2. It is okay to have any feeling
3. We express our feelings with words and facial expressions


Materials
K Self-Awareness Packet.pdf

Books

My Many Colored Days


   This rhyming story is a wonderful way for parents and teachers to talk with children about their feelings. Each day is described in terms of a particular color, which in turn is associated with specific emotions. Using a spectrum of vibrant colors and a variety of animals, this unique book covers a range of moods and emotions. 








The Way I Feel


   Feelings are neither good nor bad, they simply are. Kids need words to name their feelings, just as they need words to name all things in their world. The Way I Feel uses strong, colorful, and expressive images which go along with simple verses to help children connect the word and the emotion. Your child will learn useful words, and you will have many chances to open conversations about what’s going on in her/his life. Recommended by parents, teachers and mental health professionals, The Way I Feel is a valuable addition to anyone's library

Monster   Glad, sad, silly, mad - monsters have all kinds of different feelings! In this innovative die-cut book, featuring a snazzy foil cover, you'll try on funny masks as you walk through the wide range of moods all little monsters (and kids!) experience. 


Kindergarten Unit 2
Responsible Decision Making

Questions
What is an expected and unexpected behavior?

Students will know:
1. Behavior can be expected or unexpected 2. Behavioral expectations change based on your location and audience.


Information
Social Thinking: Expected and Unexpected Vocabulary

Books

What if Everybody Did That
  If you drop just one soda can out the window, it’s no big deal ... right? But what if everybody did that? What if everybody broke the rules ... and spoke during story time, didn’t wash up, or splashed too much at the pool? Using humorous illustrations rendered in mixed media, these questions are answered in a child-friendly way and show the consequences of unexpected behavior.
Lunchroom
  It's time for lunch! Using expected behavior in the lunchroom makes everyone feel comfortable and happy. Expected manners help to make eating lunch more fun. There are lot sof ways you can use expected behaviors in the cafeteria. 
 Manners on the Playground   The playground is for everyone! It is a place where people go to have fun. Expected behaviors allow everyone to have a turn. They also help people play safely. There are lots of ways you can use expected behaviors on the playground. 
Manners in the Lunchroom   Lots of kids ride a school bus to school. Using expected behavior on the bus means everyone can have a nice trip. Expected behaviors help keep you safe, too. There are lots of ways you can use expected behaviors on the school bus. 



Kindergarten Unit 3
Relationship Skills

Questions
1. What is a friend?

Students will know:
1. Qualities such as having expected behavior, being a good listener (Whole Body Listening- listening with your heart), honesty, respect,  helpful, kind, share, including others.

Friends

     Charlie Rooster, Johnny Mouse, and Percy the pig are the best of friends. They do everything together. They ride their bike together, play games together, and even do their chores together. Because that's what good friends do. When night falls, though, and it's time to go to bed, they learn that sometimes friends have to be apart. But that's okay, because true friends always find each other, even if it's just in their dreams.
 Howard Listens   Howard B. Wigglebottom is so determined to win, for to him coming in second is not acceptable, that on the day of the big soccer game he plays so aggressively, and is such a poor teammate his coach has to bench him.
 Flabersmashed

  Readers first met Katie Honors in Rachel and Yumi's Sometimes I'm Bombaloo and Jibberwillies at Night. Now Katie is back as she deals with feeling "flabbersmashed" by her best friend, who suddenly wants to be friends with another kid. We've all been flabbersmashed by a friend--left out of an activity or secret, left to feel sorry for ourselves, or move on. Will Katie ever stop feeling left out?
Hunter's Best Friend    Hunter and Stripe are best friends. This young raccoon pair loves to do everything together, like dress in striped sweaters, read the same stories, and even eat the same lunch—a crawfish sandwich, huckleberries, and milk. But when Stripe arrives one day at school in a mischief-making mood and starts stirring up trouble in Mr. Ringtail's class, should Hunter follow along?


Kindergarten Unit 4
Social Awareness

Questions
Who is different?

Students will know:
1. Words that identify a group are: everybody, class, friends, all, we, our, together 2. Everyone is different

Books

The Skin You Live In


     With the ease and simplicity of a nursery rhyme, this lively story delivers an important message of social acceptance to young readers. Themes associated with child development and social harmony, such as friendship, acceptance, self-esteem, and diversity are promoted in simple and straightforward prose. Vivid illustrations of children's activities for all cultures, such as swimming in the ocean, hugging, catching butterflies, and eating birthday cake are also provided. This delightful picturebook offers a wonderful venue through which parents and teachers can discuss important social concepts with their children.  
 Be Who Yo Are   In a brand-new companion to his beloved classic, It's Okay to Be Different, New York Times bestselling author Todd Parr encourages kids to be proud of who they are inside. 

Be who you are!
Be proud of where you're from.
Be a different color. Speak your language. 
Wear everything you need to be you. 

Readers are encouraged to embrace all their unique qualities





Call Me Tree
  In this spare, lyrically written story, we join a child on a journey of self-discovery. Finding a way to grow from the inside out, just like a tree, the child develops as an individual comfortable in the natural world and in relationships with others. The child begins Within / The deep dark earth, like a seed, ready to grow and then dream and reach out to the world. Soon the child discovers birds and the sky and other children: Trees and trees / Just like me! Each is different too. The child embraces them all because All trees have roots/ All trees belong. Maya Christina Gonzalez once again combines her talents as an artist and a storyteller to craft a gentle, empowering story about belonging, connecting with nature, and becoming your fullest self. Young readers will be inspired to dream and reach, reach and dream . . . and to be as free and unique as trees.