From the author..."I wrote “Be Still, Little Tree, Be Still” after overcoming anxiety...
Over the course of two years, I faced my deepest fears and got my life back, becoming braver and stronger than ever before. I felt grateful and I wanted to share what I had learned, so that maybe it could help other people. That’s when this story was born."
See also the video where Shawn Russell raps his story.
"Hedgehog and Tortoise want to give each other a great big hug, but they're not allowed to touch.
From the creators of the internationally adored The Hug, Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar, we are thrilled to bring you a new story: While We Can't Hug. " - Faber and Faber
Ever wonder what your pet is thinking? If so, check out this video. John Spencer suggests writing from your pet's perspective but you could also use photos, drawings, video, sound clips, etc. to showcase your creativity!
Students - John Spencer suggests you do this activity with a partner(s). If you choose to do so, use Google Docs or Google Drawings to collaborate.
Be inspired to create a sport that can be played while being physically distant.
Build your own bionic hand.
soft plastic container (recycled)
cardstock or index card to make paper straws
paint stirring stick or sturdy cardboard
The drawing challenge in episode four is “a cat attacking a city.” Mr. J invites students to consider why a giant cat would attack a city, as he explores what it means to feel angry. He shares personal safe strategies for recognizing and processing anger.
Teacher's guide: https://wosu.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/drawing-with-mrj-cat-attacking-a-city-video-companion.pdf
Mr. J invites students to draw A Donut Playing Sports as they explore the feelings associated with disappointment. He shares personal strategies for processing these emotions as well as the importance of sharing our experiences with others.
Teacher's guide: https://wosu.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/drawing-with-mrj-donut-playing-sports-video-companion.pdf
Mr. J invites students to draw their own plant with a face, while he explores what it means to feel grumpy and prickly like a cactus. He shares personal strategies for processing this feeling as well as the importance of sharing our emotions with others.
Teacher's guide: https://wosu.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/drawing-with-mrj-plant-with-a-face-video-companion.pdf
Mr. J invites students to draw Fruit Dance Party as they identify how basic emotions, like happiness, show on our faces when we are having fun or trying something new. He discusses how sharing our emotions is important.
Teacher Guide / Plan https://wosu.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/drawing-with-mrj-fruit-dance-party-video-companion.pdf
I'm Bored read by Michael Ian Black.
Special feature: how to draw emotional potatoes with Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator
Thanks to Simon & Schuster for special permission to share this read-aloud
"Students will be able to:
Learn the "What? When? How Much?" framework for describing their media choices.
Use this framework and their emotional responses to evaluate how healthy different types of media choices are.
Begin to develop their own definition of a healthy media balance." from CommonSenseMedia.org
"Students will be able to:
Understand the importance of being safe, responsible, and respectful online.
Learn the "Pause & Think Online" song to remember basic digital citizenship concepts."