I’m joining Dr. Johnson’s Language Arts and Social Studies classes to read the book, Wonder, to the 4th-6th grade students. It’s a perfect opportunity to integrate LA, Social Studies, and counseling terms such as point of view, empathy, acceptance, foreshadowing, metaphors, and geography.
You can read more about Wonder below.
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”
In our most recent lesson, we learned about precepts. A precept is a rule for living. We used one of the precepts from Wonder, as a guide.
When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind. ~ Mr. Brown in Wonder
Take a look at some of the great precepts the students wrote. Our students are really wise!
Love your family. ~ Kennedy, 4th grade
When you have to choose between things, pick the one that will help you the best. ~Mia, 4th grade
Be careful how you use resources. ~ Jackson, 4th grade
Do not kill or steal. ~ Noah, 4th grade
When you have a choice to do what’s wrong or do what’s right, choose right; therefore something good will happen to you that can be extra good because God is a giving God. ~ Evan, 4th grade
Do your best instead of trying to be the best and everything will be okay. ~ Cameron, 4th grade
The good of giving is more powerful than being in power. ~ Aiden, 4th grade
Make sure to do everything like a boss. ~ Elliot, 5th grade
If you are a man, love your elderlies. ~ Furman, 5th grade
Think it over. ~ Aaron, 5th grade
Put people before politics then you will be a great leader. ~ Emma, 6th grade
Dreams are in the mind of the poor one. ~ Gaby, 6th grade
Live by God’s word and stand up for what is right even when you have to stand alone. ~Amari, 6th grade
The number one way to not succeed at your goals is to sit back and look at the outcome of them. ~ Max, 6th grade
When in despair, ask your neighbor. ~ Thomas, 6th grade
Two roads diverged in the yellow wood, and I took the road less traveled. (Robert Frost) ~ Trevor, 6th grade
Never give up. Keep going. Keep trying. ~ Cassidy, 6th grade
All things are possible with God. ~ William, 6th grade
Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius. (Marilyn Monroe) ~ Hana, 6th grade
You only live once. ~ Nate and DeAire, 6th grade
His love is never ending. ~ John, 6th grade
Imagination is key. ~ Sebastian, 6th grade
Love your friends as yourself.~ Brittany, 6th grade
Pay attention, not just in school but in life. Don’t miss it. ~ Santana, 6th grade
Live each day like it’s your last. ~ Faith Freeman, 6th grade
Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you will die today. (James Dean) ~ Kylie Bennett, 6th grade
If someone forces you to walk one mile, walk with him two. ~ Lily, 6th grade
Think before you speak. ~ Khamilah, 6th grade