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Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
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Oct 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: individual, bullying, class-behavior, community, adjectives, anxiety, confidence, creative, likes, motivational

This is a wonderful Kevin Henkes book. It talks about how special one's name can be. Everyone name is special because it describes them. As a class community, we would honor everyone's name and not be hurtful of others. Everyone is unique and different. We should embrace the individuality not belittle it. A name activity could be making a poem about one's name. Then spelling the name vertically and listing characteristics for each letter.

The book talks about when she goes to school and she is being bullied. This can lead to a talk about bullying, what to do if you are in or creating a bullying situation.

Students can learn about main character from this story. They can make character maps that explains all the characteristics of the main character.
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