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Using the book Chrysanthemum, we learn the power of words.
In the beginning of the year, I read the book Crysanthemum to the class once and then hand out a paper cutout of a person. When I read the book a second time through the students are to fold the doll when there is a negative thing said and at the end of the book try to straighten it out. We learn we can't take words we have said back and we are never the same when we are on the receiving end of unkind words. This leads to a discussion of how to think before we speak and how we need to be aware of the power of words. We have the cutouts displayed on a back bulletin board and we can always refer back to them if we need to.