March School Counseling Newsletter
Lear North Elementary School
The Invisible Boy
As we move into the month of March, springtime is almost upon us! Over the past few months, I have been building on different character traits. In these discussions with kids, I always come back to friendship. In the latest book we read, "The Invisible Boy" by Trudy Ludwig, the message is clear. All it takes is one person to make someone feel less invisible; all it takes is one person to make a big difference in someone's life. I tell students that they can be that one person. After I read the story, I show the kids an experiment where I have them pretend that a plate of water is their classroom. I then tell them that the pepper that I add to the classroom are the students. When I add a bar of soap to the middle the pepper disperses. I ask the kids to pretend that the soap is a new student. The new student in the story was treated poorly by the students. I ask students to think of ways that they can get all the students to come back to the center and be friends. I show how this can happen by adding sugar to the middle. As I add the sugar, the pepper (students) come back to the center. The sugar represents all of the kind things that we can say and do for each other. The kids loved this experiment!
I wanted to see what kids learned and what they like from the lesson so I gave each student a sticky note to stick on the board after writing what they either learned or liked. It seemed like most kids remembered and like when I put the pepper and the sugar in the plate of water.