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wrinkled heart activity


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Help! I have lost the post about the wrinkled heart activity.:confused: I saw one where there was a template that printed out a saying that could be kept up all year to remind students about being kind. Thanks for your help!:p


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this is what I do

I did this last week - I read the class a story about being nice, etc. and then I passed around a red heart I had cut out of construction paper. Each child was to crumble it a bit more. When they were done I opened it flat and we talked about the creases being the mean things people say and how they don't really go away...We leave it hung up on the wall to remind everyone to be nice.


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I did it a little different.

Each of my kids got a red heart. We read the story "Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon". Each time someone teased her they folded it (creased hard for hard words). Then, as the second part of the story came, we unfolded it for every nice thing someone realized about her. They tried to smooth out the creases. Then at the end we talked about how even though those nice things opened her heart back up, the damage is still done. When you say something mean, you can try to make it better but mean words hurts and "I'm sorry" makes it better but doesn't undo what has been done. Then they of course all had to share a mean thing that was said to them (using no names of who said it) and how even though that might be a friend, they all still remember those words. They LOVED it and really got it. You could do it with any teasing book but I just love that one!


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What a great activity!! Could anyone give me a few other titles of books to use with this? I teach a 2/3 combo.

2nd in TX

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You could also use...

Chrysanthemum. I think I read here somewhere someone used a paper doll and made tiny rips when someone made fun of her name, then taped them up when someone said something nice to her...even when she's taped, she'll never be the same as before.


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I had posted this before:

1. Class is seated on the floor,
2. Start talking about the difference in the things we say that
make people feel good or that hurt them.
3. While talking, cut a big heart from construction paper
4. After it is cut out, hold it up and tell the children that each one of us
starts out with a heart that is as pretty as this one.
5. Have the children begin sharing things that a person might say that might be hurtful to someone. With each response, fold the heart in random ways for each "hurtful"
sentence or word.
6. Eventually the heart is crumpled in your hands.
7. Tell the class that each time they say something hurtful to someone, they
are putting a little wrinkle in that person's heart.
8. Then have the children begin to tell things that they might say to
someone to make that person feel good.
9. With each response, UNFOLD one of the creases in the heart. Eventually
you will have pressed out all of the "hurts"...except, of course, for the
fact that the wrinkles can still be seen, even though the heart is now
10. Talk about how we each have those wrinkles in our hearts from things
that people have said to us, and that the wrinkles last forever.
11. Stress that we want to be careful with what we say so as to not add
wrinkles to anyone's heart.
12. We put that heart up in a high corner of the bulletin board and leave it
in plain view all year. Frequently someone will mention it...that their
heart is wrinkled like that one, etc.
13. Get in the habit of hugging someone whose heart is broken and giving the
class a chance to iron out the wrinkles.

It serves as a great reminder all year.


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I used this with Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon this year for the first time. I have also used it with:
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Timothy Goes to School by Rosemary Wells
Willy the Wimp by Anthony Brown
Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill
How to Lose All Your Friends by Nancy Carlson

I know there are others too but these are the only ones that come to mind right now.


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book title

Mr. Peabody's Apples is a WONDERFUL book that could be used too. Madonna is the author.


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another book

I love the book Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae. It seems like it would fit.