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On Monday When It Rained Lesson (An early childhood lesson about emotions)

Background: On Monday When It Rained writtenby Cheryl Kachenmeister, with photographs by Tom Berthiaume, is a unique book about children's feelings. With a straightforward approach to feelings, the author does not patronize readers. Children explore a little boy's week and turn the page to discover how he felt about each day's event. Mr. Berthiaume's photographs are treasures! Objective: By reading On Monday When It Rained, and creating their own book, children explore feelings, practice journal writing and review days of the week. Materials:Picture book,On Monday when it Rained, 12 pieces of construction paper stapled together to form an empty book for each child, crayons, pencils, markers. Book pages contain two lines at the bottom, an inch apart, for sentence construction. Classroom teachers or home school moms can recruit an older child to help with this project.

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On Monday When It Rained Lesson (An early childhood lesson about emotions)

Procedure:On Monday, introduce On Monday When It Rained by asking the children how they feel when it's sunny and they go to the beach with friends. Perhaps they live someplace where it snows a lot and one day they can't go outside because they have a cold. How do they feel when they see their friends playing outside without them? Read On Monday When It Rained. The children will recognize a pattern - one page is about the boy's day; the next is about how he felt afterward (excited, sad, embarrassed). As the book draws to a close, encourage the children to guess how the boy will feel before you turn the page. After reading this delightful book discuss the different emotions the boy felt. Ask the children if they feel those feelings. Allow students to infer why, on Saturday, the boy wondered about something. What do the children think he might have been wondering about? Before the end of each school day, young authors will tell the teacher or a classroom helper about their day or an event. Their sentence(s) should begin with "On (weekday) when . . . " Decide before the lesson how
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On Monday When It Rained Lesson (An early childhood lesson about emotions)

little or how much children should be expected to write on their own, if they are older than preschool age. If they can print a few words, give children time to write. Help them add their thoughts, and do not place emphasis on spelling. If time permits, children can draw a simple symbol or picture to represent the event, but remember that the next picture is more important to this assignment. On the next page, studentsdraw a picture of their face showing the expression they felt after their day. If teacher's have extra help, a photo of the child pretending an emotion is a fun twist to add to some days (see photo below). On Friday, on the last page, an adult or classroom helper should help each child write about Mom or Dad tucking them in on Friday evening and talking about their week, while their parent(s) say that most weeks are like that. Students should copy these words, "Hmmmm . . . I wonder."

I was . . . disappointed.

Evaluation:Children publish books by sharing with peers. Did their friends or siblings understand the emotion they felt each day? Were they able to guess what the face of the author would look like on a certain day? Did the child take their time illustrating and printing parts of their sentences?
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On Monday When It Rained Lesson (An early childhood lesson about emotions)

Teacher's Notes: If your schedule lacks time for a weeks book project, a simple one day lesson might include one page about their day and their feelings, after their teacher reads On Monday When It Rained. Print out the page connected with this one day lesson at Scribd. You may have noticed that the boy in the book wonders, out loud, on Saturday. For lesson purposes I suggested that students end their books on Friday.

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