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Lesson Plans

I. Character Theme: Perseverance

Book: Bella Basset Ballerina

Length of lesson: One hour over two days
Appropriate for: Preschoolers, Grades 1-3
Overview: A loveable Basset Hound named Bella must overcome obstacles to achieve her dream of becoming a dancer.
Children love: Detailed illustrations with many dog breeds; inventive vocabulary; happy ending.

II. Character Theme: Resolving Conflicts

Book: The Scritchy Little Twitchell Sisters

Length of lesson: One hour over two days
Appropriate for: Preschoolers, Grades 1-3
Overview: The silly fighting between two sisters becomes a "spectacle" until the girls realize that they do care about each other.
Children love: Exaggerated and silly fighting; humorous situations; a reunited family at the end.

III. Character Theme: Tolerance

Book: Pynx

Length of lesson: One hour over two days
Appropriate for: Preschoolers, Grades 1-3
Overview: The jungle creatures of an exotic planet must learn to understand and accept an outsider.
Children love: Colorful space-age illustrations; fanciful creatures with funny names; happy ending.

IV. Character Theme: Setting Goals

Book: Kick Block Punch

Length of lesson: One hour over two days
Appropriate for: Preschoolers, Grades 1-3
Overview: A boy learns that it takes hard work and dedication to achieve your goals.
Children love: Martial arts; colorized photo illustrations; positive outcome.