Lessons

 

“Intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Social and Emotional Learning is critical to success in school and the workplace, and to sustaining healthy relationships. Social Skills are lessons and strategies that help a person learn how to interact with others.

Categories for Lessons

Bullying: ASCA National Standards for Students: Personal/Social Development A1, A2, B1 & C1

“A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending him or herself.” (Olweus et al., 2007) The following games and lessons address the bully, person being bullied, and the bystander. All game cards should be printed on cardstock paper and laminated for durability.

 

Don’t Be a Bystander! Try on Someone Else’s Shoes
Topic: bullying (bystander’s role)
Grades: 2nd grade through 5th grade
Recommended Book: Say Something written by Peggy Moss
Game Description: This lesson is designed to build empathy in students and to educate students on what to do if they witness someone being bullied. Students will learn that everyone has the responsibility to help prevent bullying. Even if the student is a bystander and not directly bullying another student, each student’s own behavior can either encourage or discourage bullying. The students will be able to identify what a student should do and what a student should not do when someone is being bullied. There are 24 shoe picture game pieces and twelve pair of feet. Kids love this game!

 

Don’t Squeal!
Topic: bullying (reporting versus tattling)
Grades: 1st grade through 3rd grade
Recommended Book: Don’t Squeal Unless It’s A Big Deal written by Jeanie Franz Ransom
Game Description: Students will be able to differentiate between what should be reported and what is tattling. There are 22 adorable pig cards with either a tattle or a report written on the back. This game is a teacher favorite!

 

Do Your Part and Report
Topic: bullying (reporting)
Grades:1st through 5th grade
Recommended Book: Bully B.E.A.N.S. written by Julia Cook
Lesson Description: This is a great activity to use if you are implementing a bully prevention program at your school. Students will review what to do when there is a bully. The students will also be given access to a bully report form.

 

Little Ant
Topic: bullying (building empathy)
Grades: kindergarten through 5th grade
Recommended Book: Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose
Game Description: The students will practice making good choices when faced with the decision to bully someone or when they are the target. There are three different sets of game cards. One set for first grade, one set for second and third grade, and the final set for fourth and fifth grade. The first team to make it to the finish line is the winner.

 

Recess Queen
Topic: bullying (playground rules)
Grades: pre-kindergarten through 4th grade
Recommended Book: The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill
Game Description: This is a fun game to play at the beginning of the school year. The students will be able to identify different strategies to use when faced with a bully on the playground. There are three different sets of game cards. One set for Pk and K, one set for 1st and 2nd, and the final set for 3rd and 4th grade. The students love this book and game! Pre-k students will be talking about the main character for the remainder of the school year!

The Band-Aid Chicken
Topic: bullying
Grades: kindergarten through 3rd grade
Lesson Description: The students will pledge not to pick on others. Each student will receive an “I Will Not Pick on Others!” band-aid. The students will wear their band-aid to show their support for those who get picked on.

Beware of Bait (11/09/2012)
Topic: bullying (teasing)
Grades: first through fifth grade
Recommended Book: Simon’s Hook written by Karen Gedig Burnett and/or http://www.grneighborhood.org
Lesson Description: Students will learn five effective strategies to use when teased.  Students will be able to identify how to respond and how not to respond in order to stop being teased.  The game comes with 24 fish cards with both good and bad responses to teasing.  Great game for classroom guidance!

Caring: ASCA National Standards for Students: Personal/Social Development A2, B1

“Only a life lived for others, is a life worthwhile.”
-Albert Einstein

The following lessons and activities encourage children to help others and build empathy.

Changing the World One Square at a Time
Topic: caring (community service project)
Grades:1st grade through 5th grade
Suggested Book: The Story Blanket written by Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz
Activity Description: The students will choose a kind act to perform either at school, home, or in the community. A quilt square template is included in this activity. This is a fun and creative process for choosing a class or school service project.

Helping Hats
Topic: caring (community service project)
Grades: 1st grade through 5th grade
Suggested Book: Miss Fannie’s Hat written by Jan Karon
Activity Description: This awesome book shares a touching story of an older woman who gives up her most precious hat in order to help others. The class or student will think of different ways he or she can help others. Two hat templates are included in this lesson. This is a great activity to do before a food drive or clothes drive.

Caring Coupons
Topic: caring
Grades:1st grade through 5th grade

Kindness Bingo (11/26/2012)
Topic: caring
Grades: 1st through 3rd grade
Suggested Book: Kindness to Share from A to Z written by Todd & Peggy Snow
Activity Description: The activity comes with 20 bingo cards, calling cards, and bingo card markers.

Families: ASCA National Standards for Students: Personal/Social Development A1, A2, B1 & C1

Single parent, step family, blended family, foster family, and grand-parent family are just a few types of families children are living in. The following activities and lessons address issues or concerns experienced by children in changing families.

Behind and Beyond Bars
Topic: incarcerated parent
Grades:1st grade through 5th grade
Suggested Book: Visiting Day written by Jacqueline Woodson
Lesson Description:
The students will answer one discussion question (either through writing or drawing) and complete one activity each group session. The discussion questions will be used to create dialogue between the students in the group. The activities will be used to help students practice different ways to cope with their loss.

Proof in the Pudding?
Topic: divorce/cognitive restructuring
Grades: 2nd grade through 5th grade
Suggested Book: Was It the Chocolate Pudding? written by Sandra Levins
Activity Description: The activity comes with six pudding cups, a blender, reprogramming messages, and blank messages. This activity is very empowering for students who feel they are responsible for their parent’s divorce.

Under the Same Star
Topic: deployed parent
Grades: kindergarten through 5th grade
Suggested Book: Night Catch by Brenda Ehrmantraut
Lesson Description: Night Catch is about a little boy whose dad is deployed half-way around the world. The boy and his dad love to play catch. Even though they are separated the father finds a way to play their favorite game using the North Star. The North Star is able to be seen by both the father and the son. The lesson includes a list of discussion questions, north star template, and baseball template for mobile.

Molly Monkey’s Parent’s Get Divorced
Topic: divorce
Grades: kindergarten through 3rd grade
Activity Description: Molly’s story, launching pad handout, and Different Rules handout are included in this activity. The first activity gives students a visual organizer to use when packing and traveling between homes. The second activity addresses the rules for mom’s house, the rules for dad’s house, and the rules that are the same.

Barrel of Fun
Topic: divorce/feelings
Grades: kindergarten through 5th grade

Feelings: ASCA National Standards for Students: Personal/Social Development A1, A2, B1 & C1

Children experience a variety of feelings, but often lack the language needed to talk about how they feel. The following lessons and activities provide children with the language needed to communicate their feelings and strategies to express their feelings.

Fruit Family Feelings
Topic: feelings
Grades: kindergarten through 2nd grade

No Worries
Topic: feelings/anxiety
Grades: kindergarten through 5th grade
Suggested Book: Wemberly Worried written by Kevin Henkes
Activity Description: The activity comes with a worry doll template, bunny ears, and a pinwheel template. This activity will help students stop thoughts that create worry and replace those thoughts with positive thoughts.

What’s Worrying You?
Topic: feelings/anxiety
Grades: kindergarten through 3rd grade
Activity Description: The student will put into words what he or she is worried about. The activity comes with a worry doll template.

Square Scenarios
Topic: feelings
Grades: 1st through 5th grade
Activity Description: The student will identify feelings and create possible scenarios that might cause the feelings. Each square has a different facial expression showing how he or she is feeling. The student will examine each square and write the feeling in the bubble. In the space underneath each square, he or she will write a possible scenario about what happened to the square.

Animal Feeling Cards
Topic: feelings
Grades: kindergarten through 5th grade
Game Description: The set includes 30 cute, non-threatening, and relatable animal feeling cards. The cards and activities help teach children how to identify feelings, manage their feelings, and respond to other people’s feelings. Children will develop empathy for other children through sharing personal experiences and exploring commonly-shared emotions and feelings. Three different activities are included. This one is a favorite!

Choose a Coping Card
Topic: feelings
Grades: kindergarten through 5th grade
Activity Description: This activity is a fun way to empower students to choose their own coping strategy to use when they feel angry, stressed or sad. The child will select a card with the picture of a coping strategy they want to work on during the counseling session. Each card has an activity that encourages relaxation in the form of controlled breathing, movement, tensing and relaxing muscles, positive visualization, problem-solving, sharing their experience, and expressing their feelings through art.

Do You Feel Like a Square
Topic: feelings
Grades: kindergarten through 5th grade
Activity Description: Students will identify feelings and monitor their feelings. The activity includes a large square face chart (print on cardstalk and laminate), page of small square face charts (print on cardstalk), and weekly feeling monitor form (print on cardstalk). This tool may be used during intake, group session, individual session, or with a child working on managing his or her emotions.

 

Help Piece Back Sophie’s Happiness
Topic: feelings
Grades: kindergarten through 2nd grade
Suggested Book: When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angrywritten by Molly Bang
The game includes 21 puzzle pieces, puzzle piece template, and volcano template. Students will be able to identify healthy choices to make when they are angry. Each student will pick a puzzle piece and decide if it is a healthy strategy to use to manage his or her anger. If it is a good choice, then the puzzle piece will go onto Sophie’s face. If it is a bad choice, then the puzzle piece will go into the volcano. This is my absolute favorite lesson! The kids have a blast putting Sophie back together.

Barrel of Fun
Topic: feelings
Grades: kindergarten through 5th grade

Panda Expressions
Topic: feelings
Grades: kindergarten through fourth grade
This lesson includes four panda faces, pick the panda sentences, and three activities. Students will explore different feelings using the panda expression puppets.

My Many Moods Wheel
Topic: feelings
Grades: kindergarten through sixth grade
This tool comes with four different activities.  The activities are appropriate for individual counseling, group counseling, and classroom guidance.

Anger Wheel
Topic: feelings
Grades: kindergarten through sixth grade
This tool is perfect for individual counseling, group counseling, and classroom guidance.

Fish for Feelings (11/12/2012)
Topic: feelings
Grades: kindergarten through fifth grade
What child doesn’t love to fish!  This game is a fun way to help children explore feelings.  Two sets of fish cards are included.

Find Your Flavor (11/12/2012)
Topic: Managing Emotions
Grades: first grade through sixth grade
This activity comes with an ice cream template, cool down techniques, and hot buttons.

Face Feeling Cube (12/09/2012)
Topic: feelings
Grades: kindergarten through fifth grade
This activity comes with a cube template.

Cool Down Cube (01/17/2013)
Topic: managing emotions
Grades: kindergarten through fifth grade
This activity comes with a cube template.

Color Feeling Cube (02/01/2013)
Topic: feelings
Grades: second grade through fifth grade

Worry Web Series Part 1: web demonstration (02/26/2013)
Topic: anxiety/worry
Grades: second grade through fifth grade
Description: The worry web demonstration is the first activity in the worry web series.  The students will be exposed to a visual demonstration of what a worry looks like and how to eliminate or lessen the intensity of a worry. Students will identify feelings of anxiety, the size of a worry, identify coping skills, and develop a plan to stop anxious feelings.

Worry Web Series Part 2: Liam’s worry web (03/05/2013)
Topic: anxiety/worry
Grades: second through fifth grade
Description: Students will listen to a story about a spider who gets stuck in his own web. Students will identify feelings of anxiety, the size of a worry, identify coping skills, and develop a plan to manage anxious feelings. The lesson comes with five activities.

Chill Corner Resources

Cruising Back to Class Hall Pass & Processing Form

Totem Temperature Taker

My Good Points

Scented Cards

Forms/Tools

Bibliotherapy Processing Form

Behavior Tracking Form

Individual Counseling Session Form

Peak and Pit Group Cards
These beautiful cards are perfect for both group and individual counseling.

 

Friendship: ASCA National Standards for Students: Personal/Social Development A1, A2, B1

The following activities and lessons help children explore different characteristics of a friend, and how to be a good friend.

Friend Fruit Salad
Topic: friendship
Grades: kindergarten through 5th grade
Activity Description: Students will explore different character traits. They will decide which character traits are important to them when choosing a friend. Students will design their own personal Friend Fruit Salad. Two fruit salad recipe cards are included.

Friendship Rulers
Topic: friendship
Grades: 1st through 5th grade
Activity Description: This activity is a creative way for students to create a friendship contract. A six inch ruler template is included. This activity is a favorite for fourth grade girls!

Friendship Tips
Topic: friendship
Grades: 1st through 5th grade
Recommended Book: Making Friends Is an Art! written by Julia Cook
Activity Description: The students will explore character traits needed to be a friend and to make friends.  A friendship tip worksheet and bookmark activity are included.

Do Your Friendship Tips Need Sharpening?
Grades: 1st through 4th grade
Recommended Book: Making Friends Is an Art! written by Julia Cook
Game Description: Students will have fun exploring character traits needed to be a friend and to make friends.  The game comes with 24 crayon pieces with both good and bad character traits.  Students will take turns deciding if the friendship trait is sharp or needs sharpening.

Friendship Bingo (11/05/2012)
Grades: 1st through 3rd grade
Game Description: Students will play bingo using bingo cards with good character traits.  The game includes 20 bingo cards, calling cards, and card markers.

Friend Wanted (05/20/2013)
Topic: Friendship
Grades: 1st through 3rd grade
Activity Description: Students will identify character traits wanted in a friend.  Each student will receive a friend wanted poster.  The student may draw or write about what kind of friend they are seeking.

 

Icebreakers: The following activities are perfect for both individual and group sessions. They are a fun way to build rapport with your students.
Animal Cracker Characteristics

Candy Jar Topics

Conversation Cube 12/20/12

What Makes You Cool 06/24/13

Life Skills: ASCA National Standards for Students: Academic Development A: B2, Personal/Social Development Academic Development A2, A3, B1

The following lessons and activities address basic skills needed to succeed in the classroom and in life.

Dress for Success
Topic: goal setting
Grades: 2nd grade through 5th grade
Lesson Description: Students will set a goal and list actions necessary to reach their goal. They will dress for success by writing the steps necessary to reach their goal on the provided clothes template. The activity includes a boy and girl silhouette, boy clothing, and girl clothing.

Hands are for Washing
Topic: proper hygiene
Grades: kindergarten through 4th grade
Lesson Description: Students will discuss the importance of proper hand washing to avoid spreading germs. The activity includes hand washing card and soap recipe.

How Well Are You Listening?
Topic: listening
Grades:2nd through 5th grade
Lesson Description: The students will discuss the importance of being a good listener, skills needed to be a good listener, and practice being a good listener. The activity includes how well are you listening worksheet, counselor script, list of distractions, and listening rules. This one can get pretty loud and extremely fun! It is also fun to try this one out on teachers.

Career Lesson & Bingo Game
Topic:  career exploration
Grades: 1st grade through 5th grade
Activity Description: Students will explore nine different career choices. Students will name other careers either associated with the presented careers or different careers. Students will make the connection between subjects taught in school and the skills needed in a job. The activity includes career description cards, career picture cards, 15 bingo cards, and bingo calling cards.

Bus Safety Rules
Topic: rules & safety
Grades: k through 2nd grade

Behavior Tracking Form

How Will You Earn Your Wings?
Topic: goal setting/butterfly life cycle
Grades: k through 5th grade
Activity Description:  Students will listen to a story about Carly the Caterpillar.  In the story, Carly learns how to set a goal and to the follow the steps needed to reach her goal.  The students are given a goal setting sheet and butterfly badge.  This is a fabulous activity to do with students while they are being taught the butterfly unit.

My Goal Wheel
Topic: goal setting
Grades:
k through 6th grade
Activity Description:
Students will set a goal and plan steps needed to reach their goal. The student will draw a picture and name their goal on the front cover of the wheel. The student will draw and write four steps needed to reach their goal on the spaces provided on the back cover of the wheel.

Backpacking to Success
Topic: organization
Grades:
3rd through 6th grade
Activity Description:
Students will participate in a hands-on activity.  In this activity the students are challenged to locate class notes, homework assignments, and parent permission slips in four different backpacks.  The four different backpacks represent four different organizational styles.  Organizing has never been this much fun!

Need Notes?
Topic: listening & note-taking
Grades: 3rd through 6th grade
Activity Description: In this hands-on activity, students will discover why it is mportant to take notes. The activity includes a listening script (read by the counselor or teacher), note-taking tip sheet, and note-taking graphic organizer. Students will listen to a set of commands from the listening script. The commands start off simple and become more difficult. Each command will be read only one time and will NOT be repeated. It is the student’s job to figure out a system for listening and correctly drawing the command on their sheet of paper. Without the use of note-taking, the students will have a difficult time remembering the more complicated commands. A short discussion will follow after each command is completed by the class.

Loss: ASCA National Standards for Students: Personal/Social Development A1, B1 & C1

It is important to create an atmosphere of safety and send the message that there’s no right or wrong way to feel when experiencing a loss. The following lessons and activities will encourage students to open up and explore their feelings associated with their loss.

Healing Heart
Topic: loss
Grades:1st grade through 5th grade
Lesson Description: Students will reflect on their loss and explore possible coping strategies. There is no right or wrong way to grieve the death of a loved one. However, there are some things that they can do to help themselves feel better when they experience the death of a loved one. The activity can be used to help the student, counselor, parent(s), and teacher(s) understand the student’s grieving process and the student’s needs. This is an excellent activity to help introduce a small loss group. The activity comes with a band-aid handout and heart worksheet.

Tug on My Heart
Topic: loss
Grades: kindergarten through 5th grade
Recommended Book: The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
Lesson Description: The Student will explore his or her connection with loved ones. This lesson is great for any type of separation (divorce, death, deployment, incarceration, traveling parent, etc.) experienced in the child’s life. It also illustrates who is part of the child’s support system. The activity comes with a heart handout.

Cat Memorial
Topic: loss of a pet
Grades: kindergarten through 5th grade

Dog Memorial
Topic: loss of a pet
Grades: kindergarten through 5th grade

Draw a Picture of Your Pet
Topic: loss of a pet
Grades: kindergarten through 5th grade

Pet Memorial
Topic: loss of a pet
Grades: kindergarten through 5th grade

Favorite Pet Memory
Topic: loss of pet
Grades: 1st grade through 5th grade

My Memory Wheel
Topic: loss or transition
Grades: kindergarten through 6th grade

 Group Loss Kit
Topic: loss
Grades: 1st through 6th
Recommended Book: Good-bye, Baby Max written by Diane Cantrell
Resource Description: The kit includes several discussion questions and activities that will encourage students to process their loss while learning healthy coping skills. The students will participate in many of the same loss activities read about in Good-bye, Baby Max. The kit includes 8 puzzle pieces with discussion questions and activities. The students pull one puzzle piece each session and participate in the loss activity. Once all of the pieces are complete, a hidden picture is revealed. The kit can be modified for age and the time available for your group. A journal, bracelet template, and locket template are also included.

Parent Involvement

Research shows when parents are involved students have: higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates; better school attendance; increased motivation; better self-esteem; decreased use of drugs and alcohol; and fewer instances of violent behavior. The following power points are perfect to use for parent academies and meetings.

Fostering Self-Esteem in Children (Powerpoint file)

Make Your Summer a Success! (Powerpoint file)

Recycled Games

The following activities can be used with games most people already own. This is the perfect resource for the beginning counselor.

Candy Land Counseling

Go Fish for Feelings

Barrel of Fun

Relaxation Tools: ASCA National Standards for Students: Personal/Social Development A1, B1, C1

It is important to teach children skills needed to recognize signs of stress and strategies to alleviate stress. The following activities are perfect for your anxious and stressed out students.

Four Square Breathing

Stop Stress and Gain Ownership!

Mandalas

Self-concept: ASCA National Standards for Students: Academic Development A: A1, A: A2 Personal/Social Development PS: A1, PS: A2, PS: B1

A child’s self-concept is made up of a sense of being accepted, a sense of being good, and a sense of being capable of doing things well. A child’s self-concept affects how he or she sees and reacts to situations.

Animal Cracker Inspirational Pins
Topic: self-esteem/cognitive restructuring
Grades: kindergarten through 5th grade

Parker’s Positive Self-Affirmations
Topic: positive self-affirmations
Grades: 2nd grade to 5th grade
Activity Description: Parker the Parrot teaches students how to create positive self-affirmations. Parker’s story and a feather worksheet are included in the activity.

Me in the Mirror
Topic: appreciating differences
Grades: k through 5th grade
Lesson Description:The student will identify personal characteristics that make him or her unique. A mirror worksheet is included.

All About Me CD
Topic: group/building rapport
Grades: 2nd through 5th grade

Positive Affirmation Jewelry
Topic: self-esteem/cognitive restructuring
Grades: 1st through 5th grade
Activity Description: The activity includes an eye worksheet, bee worksheet, and bee list worksheet. The student will write positive I am statements on the back of the eye. The child will write positive Bee statements on the back of the bee. This is a great activity for students who are having difficulty with their behavior or changing their negative thinking.

What’s Your Story Charm Jewelry?
Topic: appreciating differences/self-esteem
Grades: kindergarten through 3rd grade
Activity Description: This is a great activity to do with students in the beginning of the school year, new students, or as an icebreaker activity when starting a group. Each student will get a picture of a house, school bus, dog, children playing, and stack of books. The students will cut out the pictures and make a charm bracelet or necklace.

Choose Your Character!
Topic: self-concept
Grades: 2nd through 5th grade
Activity Description: The activity includes 18 character cards and blank cards. This activity is designed to build self-awareness in students and to encourage good character. Students will explore different character traits.

A Wish for You
Topic: self-esteem/building rapport
Grades: 2nd through 5th grade
Activity Description: The activity includes a star template. The students will participate in two activities. In the first activity, the student will write one wish for themselves on the large star. In the second activity, each student will write a positive wish on each star, for every group member. This activity is perfect for the first group session and the final group session.

Aloha
Topic: self-concept
Grades: 2nd through 5th grade
Activity Description: This is a fun activity for the beginning and closing of a group. A lei handout is included.

Different is Delicious
Topic: appreciating differences
Grades: 1st through 5th grade
Recommended Book: Carla’s Sandwich by Debbie Herman
Lesson Description: The students will explore what it is like to be different. Each student will share something about themselves that is different from other people. A bread template and food template are included. This is also a great activity to use for a bulletin board.

Dot Detective
Topic: self-concept
Grades: 2nd through 6th grade
Recommended Book: The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
Lesson Description: Students will have a blast learning interesting facts about their fellow classmates.  The student who is able to correctly identify the most dots is the dot detective winner!  This activity comes with a dot template and Do You Know the Dot handout.

Dare Dots
Topic: self-concept/taking risks
Grades: 1st through 6th
Recommended Book: The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
Lesson Description:  Students are challenged to perform an empowering dare.  This lesson comes with discussion dots, dare dots, and blank dare dots.

Musical Dots
Topic: self-concept
Grades: 1st through 6th
Recommended Book: The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
Lesson Description: Students will play musical chairs using dots with questions and commands that help build self-esteem.  A muscial dot handout and command handout are included.

My Good Points
Topic: self-concept
Grades: kindergarten through 6th
Lesson Description: Students will list at least five great things about themselves on their starfish worksheet. This activity may be utilized in individual counseling, group counseling, classroom guidance, and the chill corner.

Have You Tasted the Rainbow? 01/21/2013
Topic: appreciating differences (great activity for MLK)
Grades: second grade through high school
Lesson Description: Students are shown a sample of skittles in a zip lock bag.  Do not keep the skittles in the Skittle Riddle bag because the packaging might give away the surprise.  First, the students will be asked their opinion about each skittle color without actually tasting it.  Next, the students will sample the color of skittle they claimed not to like.  Was their judgment accurate?  The students will write their own skittle riddle inside of the heart template.  On the cover of the heart, they will write what they think others see on the outside.  By sharing each riddle, the students will learn to take a moment to look for what is inside a person before judging them.

What Color is Your Heart? 02/08/2013
Topic: appreciating differences/fairness
Grades: third through sixth grade
Lessons Description: Students will participate in a discrimination/fairness experiment.  The students will write about what it feels like to be discriminated against and to watch others be discriminated against.  This activity sends a very powerful message to the students.  Make sure to get permission from your principal before the lesson.

Animal Chain  2/19/2014                                                                                                                                                                                                          Topic: appreciating differences/cooperation                                                                                                                                                                         Grades: 1st through fifth                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lesson Description: The students will listen to, How the Animals Connect (located on the game section of the site), and participate in creating a classroom animal chain. The animals in the story were all really different.  However, they did share something in common…tails!  By connecting their tails they were able to save their jungle and each other.  Once they made a connection, they were excited to learn more about their differences. Students will pick their favorite animal pattern and write something special about themselves on the tail.  The class will construct a classroom animal chain using all of the different tails.  This is a fun way to connect with one another and to pledge to respect one another.