Book Theme: Be Yourself

Thursday, May 7, 2015

May Theme of the Month: Be Yourself!

Last year, while teaching fifth grade, I found it important to revisit this theme throughout the year. At this age, students begin to worry what everyone thinks of them and about fitting in. I wanted them to think about how important it is to stay true to themselves. My favorite book with this theme is A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon (the author of the very popular David books).

A Bad Case of Stripes is about a girl, Camilla Cream, who loves lima beans. She is afraid to admit it because no one else in her class likes them and she wants so badly to fit in. It is a really funny story with great illustrations. I've read this every year and the kids always love it.

Even if you don’t have the book, your class can listen to a great reading of it on Storyline Online!

Activities and Resources for A Bad Case of Stripes:

Other books with the theme “be yourself”:

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