Since I'm a strong believer in the power of thought, one of the lessons for 3rd grade's problem solving unit is on positive attitude/positive thinking. Enter: Julia Cook's Baditude.
The kiddos were all excited to see another book with the main character Noodle from our But It's Not My Fault! lesson. I sometimes skip a couple pages because it's wordy, but it's a really clear (and entertaining, especially if read in a whiny voice!) example of negative attitude. These are some of the questions I ask them while we're reading:
- What do you think a “baditude” is?
- Pg. 18: What is a “pity party”?
- Pg. 24: What is Noodle’s mom trying to say here, about getting back what you give?
- Pg. 30: What helpful thought can Noodle have about no video games in school? What helpful thought can he have about sitting by a girl?
- What were some of the unhelpful thoughts Noodle had?
- What were some of the helpful thoughts his mom suggested he think instead?
- I also have to stop and explain "unibrow"! Even my non-ELL students were baffled at the word before we practiced making the face!
Once we finish with the story, I task them with working in small groups (3-4) to sort 20 of these thought cards into "baditude" and "positive attitude". My students all try to be very fair about things, so their first instinct is to pass out the cards so they all have the same amount and then they read them independently and sort them. Not excellent - they don't hear one anothers' cards and even if they did, they'd be too distracted fiddling with their own to get anything out of it. Lesson learned? Model keeping the cards in a pile and taking turns reading and sorting them one at a time. It's the little things sometimes!