Book Talk Tuesday & FREEBIE! Be sure to check out Mrs. Jump's class to find MANY great books!
LOVE LOVE LOVE Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney! It teaches about sharing. It gives students an opportunity to see what happens when you share and when you don't share. Teaching social skills using children's literature is something I do A LOT of in my classroom. Teaching preschoolers to work together and play with others is something we work on and practice all year long!
It book begins with Llama playing with his toys when a new friend comes over to play. Both kids have a special stuffed animal they LOVE!
Llama watches the Gnu girl play with his toys and he doesn't like it very much.
Llama decides that his stuffed animal Fuzzy Llama wants to play.
Then the Gnu girl takes Fuzzy Llama! Llama and the Gnu girl pull and tug on Fuzzy Llama until the arm falls off. Llama runs to tell his mom and she fixes it and puts it on the stairs until Llama is ready to share.
At first the two can't are not playing together. Llama has an idea they both can play...making a cake!
Finally, Llama wants to have more fun so he decides to share Fuzzy Llama!
The book ends by the girl leaving and Llama wanting to share again!
How many times does this situation occur in your classroom? This book gives you the story and pictures to talk through the problem, talk about how each person is feeling (the characters faces are wonderful), and what the characters could do instead.
After I read this book, I do a follow up small group activity to have the students practice sharing. I usually do an art activity. For example, if the activity is a collage with 9 students, I will put out 5 glue sticks, 5 markers, 5 paint brushes, and 5 baskets of collage materials. I only put out a few of each item so the students are forced to wait, share, and take turns with teachers there to give support and language to students who need extra support and cues.
There are other GREAT books in this series! Llama Llama Red Pajama teaches about having tantrums at bedtime and what you can do instead. Llama Llama Misses Mama teaches about missing someone and what you can do when you miss someone. Llama Llama and the Bully Goat teaches about bullying and what to do when someone is mean to you. Llama Llama Mad at Mama teaches about the feeling mad and what to do when you feel mad.