Just Kidding: A Read4Health Lesson Plan

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Grade Level Expectations:  
Comprehensive Health and Physical Education › Third Grade › Utilize knowledge and skills to treat self and others with care and respect
Reading, Writing, and Communicating › Third Grade › Inferences and points of view exist
Lesson Plan Details
Read Aloud - 2 Days 10-15 minutes each
Essential Question: 

What does self respect and self esteem look like?

What if no one respected other people's space, property, or feelings?

Learning Objectives/Student Outcomes: 

Students will understand:

  • the importance of thinking about the effects of one's actions (or words) on other people.
  • care and respect has benefits for both the person giving it and the ones receiving it.

Students will know:

  • when teasing is kidding around and is a way to show affection and creating a feeling of playful camaraderie.
  • when teasing is used as an intent to hurt, humiliate, ridicule, or demean another person.

Students will be able to:

  • respond to a "slam" in a positive and/or deflective manner that does not say anything mean to the other person.
  • infer when someone is teasing as a way of kidding around vs. when used as an intent to hurt them.
Key Topics: 
  • Friendship
  • Bullying
  • Teasing / Joking Around
  • Tattling 
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communication

Prior to instruction, the teacher needs to...

Learning Experiences and Activities: 

Day 1:  In this lesson, the teacher will...

1.  Ask and discuss the Essential Questions:

  • What does self respect and self esteem look like?
  • What if no one respected other people's space, property, or feelings?

2.  Read "Just Kidding" - first 10 pages of book (stop after Dad, Nick, and DJ talk about strategies for DJ to use on Vince).

3.  Discussion questions for students:

  • What were some of the mean ways Vince would "kid around" with DJ?
  • How could you tell that DJ was bothered by Vince's teasing?
  • Why do you think Vince called DJ a "girlie" instead of congratulating him when DJ got the goalie position on the soccer team?

Day 2:  In this lesson, the teacher will...

1.  Review 1st part of book and characters/problem.

2.  Finish reading "Just Kidding" - pages 11 through the end (DJ getting on school bus the next morning).

3.  Discussion questions:

  • When DJ asked Vince to stop poking him, Vince didn't.  How would you feel if someone wouldn't stop doing something that bugged you?
  • Why do you think Vince continued to tease DJ when it was obvious DJ didn't like it?
  • When Vince said "just kidding," did you believe him?  Why or why not?
  • Do you and your friends tease each other?
  • How can you tell if your friends like it when you tease them?
  • How would you let your friends know when their teasing is hurtful?

Day 3:  During Daily 5 Writing time or Writing block:

1.  Students need to plan/write a paragraph about 1 of the 3 prompts:

  1. When do you think teasing is okay and when is it not?
  2. Who can you go to if you have a problem with teasing?
  3. What would you do if you saw other kids teasing your friend in an unkind way?

Students are able to answer the discussion questions and write a paragraph in response to a discussion question.

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Colorado 21st Century Skills
Critical Thinking and Reasoning: 
A. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation
B. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 
A. Apply logical reasoning and analytical skills
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