No matter how organized and how prepared I am for each day, there are days where I walk into my classroom and realize that I just don't want to teach what I had planned. Because I invest so much of myself into each lesson, if I don't feel 100 percent committed to teach a certain lesson, I have learned to hold it for another day. It's then that I rely on an alternate lesson that is ready to go. I keep a few favorite lessons that I know really well on hand so that they are always available when I need a spark of inspiration.
One of my favorite stories to share with my students is The Potato Chip Champ by award-winning Michigan author, Maria Dismondy.
Maria and I became friends about two years ago after connecting through the blogging world. Without hesitation, I can tell you that she is one of the most inspiring and generous individuals I have ever been blessed to meet. She has such a wonderful way with the students. This is reflective in her work.
Her books all focus around friendship and empathy; two values that I work hard on throughout the year. I believe that a classroom operates best when it resembles a team or a family. When children care for one another, they work better together.
Dismondy's books all share engaging stories that the students really relate to. We use her books and characters throughout the year as talking points to help us problem solve. So, I've created brief activities to go along with some of her books. Of course, the best activities to go along with her stories stem from the meaningful class discussions that naturally evolve as the stories are being shared.
Listen to Dismondy read The Potato Chip Champ aloud on YouTube
Download my character trait printable to go along with the story
Check out all of Dismondy's "books that make a difference" for your class