Kindness and empathy can be as important as reading comprehension skills, especially for younger learners. Reinforce both with a lesson based on Rolling Along: The Story of Taylor and His Wheelchair by Jamee Riggio Heelan. As pupils read, they use discussion questions to guide their reading and complete a few closure activities to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Have youngsters discuss what they already know about wheelchairs, and whether they know someone in a wheelchair
- Assign the activities for homework for individuals to work with parents and discuss what they have learned
- Use in a school-wide focus for acceptance and anti-bullying
- Due to the sensitive nature of the story, discuss cerebral palsy with kids to create prior knowledge before they begin reading
- Provides relevant vocabulary and assignments after the reading is done
- Promotes open-mindedness and kindness in the classroom