During late spring, this is one of the classroom lessons I do in all of my 4th grade classes. Read about the lesson below...
- Colored pictures of famous cartoon characters. Best to print on cardstock or mount on cardstock and laminate
- Cartoon Character fact slips. Best if printed on or mounted on cardstock. My fact sheets are mounted on a piece of cardstock that "folds" covering the facts.
- Book: Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig
- I introduce the term "reputation" and solicit input on defining the term. I want to make sure that we focus on: the way others view/see you based on the way you act. We discuss the differences between a good reputation and a bad reputation.
- I have done this next activity one of two ways.
- Last year, I grouped together students into small groups. I gave them a picture of a cartoon character and each group discussed what the character's reputation is. Then we reconvened as a large group, each small group reported out, and then someone read the fact sheet to see how close the small group was in describing the character's reputation. This option takes a bit more time.
- This year, I held one cartoon character up at time and the entire class discussed the reputation of the cartoon character. I asked students if the character's reputation ever changed. We discussed how that happened and which lead to a discussion on how changing a reputation requires a lot of work/determination because you have to PROVE you've changed.