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What a Wonderful World

We live in a Wonderful World.  But it's a world where we hear awful things every day – on the news, from our students, and many, many other places. While I do not shy away from the “bad” things that happen in the world, I try to enlighten my students with the good in the world as much as I can.

I'm sharing my favorite ways to show the students there's a bigger world than just what's in their backyard!
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I will often share stories with my students from two of my favorite Facebook pages I follow.

Love What Matters

Love What Matters Lucky to Be in First

Love What Matters shares quick real-life stories of people helping other people in simple ways. If you want some daily encouragement that there are still good people in the world, follow along! 

Kid President

Another favorite page is Kid President! His encouraging words, ideas and fun videos from his YouTube channel are relatable for young children!

Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome is a BIG hit in our classroom library! It has great advice and thought-provoking quotes for kids!

What a Wonderful World

While trolling Barnes & Noble one wild Saturday night, I stumbled on What a Wonderful World. I absolutely love the gorgeous illustrations that accompany the infamous Louis Armstrong song!

First, we listened to the song {you can easily find videos worth sharing on YouTube!}. Then, I asked the students to illustrate one line of the lyrics. Since there are just 18 ‘lines' a few kids paired up for their illustrations!I could stare at these beautiful illustrations all day! I hung the finished pictures on my cabinets, but I've included a cover page in case you'd like to turn it into a class book!

To finish the lesson, we then read the book! I didn't want the kiddos to just copy the illustrations in the book, so I saved it for last!

Want to do this activity with your class?

What A wonderful world by Lucky to Be in First


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2 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! We did this project at the beginning of the week and it came out adorable! I can’t wait to share it at Parent Teacher Conferences!

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