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Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler

Last updated Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Author: Margery Cuyler
Illustrator: Sachiko Yoshikawa
Date of Publication: 2007
ISBN: 0689873441
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Sep. 2014

Synopsis: When Mrs. Ruler asks five of her students to miss recess, she's got a special plan up her sleeve. She's about to teach a new golden rule: KINDNESS IS COOL! Soon the entire class is doing so many good deeds that their kindness bulletin board barely fits in their classroom! From clearing the table after dinner, to helping the elderly, one class is proving that kids really can make a difference. Count along with Mrs. Ruler's class. Can all their good deeds really add up to 100 acts of kindness? Acclaimed picture book author Margery Cuyler will inspire children of all ages to have a heart and save the world!

Note to readers:
•  This story is about a kindergarten class, so you might want to explain to the kids that the story (and being kind/doing good deeds) can apply to any grade or age (even adults).

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you think kindness is cool?
•  What are some kind things to do?
•  Who is Mrs. Ruler?

•  bravo - very good, impressive
•  good deed - something nice or helpful done for another person

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Do you think the students can really do 100 acts of kindness?
•  What should they do if they fill up the bulletin board with "acts of kindness hearts"?
•  Why do you think Mrs. Ruler likes to speak in rhymes?
•  Do the students also speak in rhyme?
•  Why does David have a difficult time thinking of good deeds he can do?
•  Which good deeds in the book are your favorite? Which ones are your least favorite type of chores?

Craft ideas:
•  Cut out hearts & draw or write a good deed on each one. Make some for things you have done recently & more with ideas you would like to do at home, school or for the community. Make a collage of your hearts on a big piece of paper. Check the inside cover of the book for more ideas.

Special activities:
•  Practice counting by fives.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!