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This week’s read-aloud is perfect for teaching about empathy and celebrating diversity. We are reading, Chocolate Milk, Por Favor by Maria Dismondy.
“It’s Gabe’s first day of school in America, and he doesn’t speak English. This story shows how a simple act of kindness is worth more than a thousand words. Kindness really is a universal language.”
This is a great read-aloud for young kids to help them in empathizing with new students from a different culture and that may come to your school and not speak English. There are lots of springboard discussions that could be used with the character’s actions and the theme of the story.
This article works well with these PrimaryPlayground resources:
For our snack today, we’ll be having chocolate milk, Gabe’s favorite drink. Feel free to bring in a couple of gallons of chocolate milk, or talk to the cafeteria before your special read-aloud day to reserve enough cartons for your class. Or you could even turn it into a cooking class and have them learn how to make the chocolate milk.
I made a free printable for the kids to work on while they are enjoying their chocolate milk. They will draw and write about what they would do to help a new student in the class that didn’t speak English.
You can download the free printable from my TeachersPayTeachers store by clicking the green box below.
Do you have any other favorite activity to help teach your little learners about empathy?
See you next time!