Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Potato Chip Champ: Blog Tour

I LOVE good character education literature. That was why when author, Maria Dismondy, contacted me about doing a review of her newest book, The Potato Chip Champ, I didn't hesitate to say YES, OF COURSE!





 You may have seen some of her other books such as The Juice Box Bully, or Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun.


In The Potato Chip Champ the main character, Champ, learns what it means to be compassionate. He is jealous of another member of his baseball team, Walter and can't figure out why everyone likes Walter so much. When he is in competition with his baseball teammates to sell the most bags of potato chips, the unthinkable happens and he breaks his leg. Champ loves potato chips more than anything so he is very upset. Unable to sell potato chips, he knows that he will come in last place in sales. In an unexpected turn of events, Walter recognizes that Champ is probably lonely at home with his broken leg and comes to visit him.

I won't reveal the ending, but Champ learns more than one valuable lesson in this story.

My students were even inspired to come up with a kindness contract
 
I would love for you to be able to share this story with your own students as well. Please enter the giveaway below for a chance to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of Maria's newest jewel.


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25 comments:

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  2. OK now I get what I'm supposed to do :) I didn't realize there was a question to answer....HA! I really work on a community feel in my classroom. We've work using kind words, helping each other and making others feel good. I've used bucket filling idea books to help with this. Also use Values.com videos to focus on some manners and ways to be kind. I'm always looking for more read alouds in this area though. Thanks for sharing, I'm going to be looking into our libraries to see they have any of these books.

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  3. I have been seeing this book all around blogland and can't wait to check it out! (And all of her other books look amazing too!) Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!

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  4. I explicitly teach respect through mini-lessons but we also have a compliment jar that we fill with fuzzies whenever we get compliments or show respectful behavior. When we fill the jar we have a small reward to celebrate! :o) I love Maria's books!

    œKaryn
    A is for Apple B is for Blog
    Kideducator@comcast.net

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  5. Our school has a character trait of the month. I try to teach at least one or two mini lessons during our social studies time for each trait. We also talk about being bucket fillers all the time!
    briawnacallahan@gmail.com

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  6. This book looks great! I'd love to win it! :) To teach character education in my classroom, we do "kindness and compliments". We give compliments to people around us at least once a week formally. Students can also write down when someone said something or did something nice for them. My teammate came up with it, and I just love it! :) We also did a big antibully-chracter ed unit with Spokley the Pumpkin in October!

    Katie
    smileykate52@hotmail.com
    Smiles from 2nd Grade

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  7. I use lots of role playing in my room. Especially if something has been and continues to be a problem for my kids, they seem to remember the right thing to do.

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  8. I give them 'jobs' for the day to foster responsibility!

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  9. At my school, we use Right Choice.

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  10. We read books and role play.

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  11. Model, model, model, and practice, practice, practice. We constantly are revisiting the expectations in our school community.
    ~Jen
    Hello Mrs Sykes

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  12. While our county sends out 'character skills' for each month, in kindergarten we have so many more opportunities to share and model. I love using picture books and have many that are specific to each trait, but I love it more when my kinder bears recognize specific traits in the non-character trait stories we are visiting.

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  13. I try to model and teach good character daily, but we have a wonderful school counselor who teaches character lessons to all grade levels in our school.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  14. We use character counts for 6 of the months and discuss how it looks for second graders. For example, Trustworthiness is doing what you say you will do, and doing what you should at all times, even if the teacher isn't looking. Then I (and later other students) look for examples of students demonstrating the trait during the day. I use LOTS of read alouds to match any problem areas we are having too!

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  15. Role playing is what we do in my classroom. Kids love it!
    tania
    My Second Sense

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  16. I LOVE to start off with a story and then we discuss and do some role playing and sometimes create an anchor chart :-) Thanks for the chance to win one of her awesome books!!
    Karen
    tommysmom0206@yahoo.com

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  17. We start on the first day of school. With lots of practice, reminders, read alouds and visuals (anchor charts), etc.

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  18. I do a lot of community building at the beginning of the year. Every day I also do Morning Meeting where we discuss, revisit, review, and practice should situations arise (usually playground issues). This year we're doing Bucket Fillers whole-school, so that's been a good positive intervention. We are also explicitly teaching "what is bullying and what isn't" per our new state laws. I would L.O.V.E this book! I am a HUGE fan of Juice Box Bully and I'm sure this one is equally as good!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

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  19. We use Steps to Respect for our 3rd graders. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!

    Aimee
    aimee@vanmiddlesworth.org
    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

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  20. We do a morning meeting every day so encourage community as well as how to greet someone in a friendly way. My school also does a good character trait of the month in which we are on the look out for students who exemplify that trait!
    Liz
    Teaching in the Valley

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  21. We use PBIS in our school so we talk a lot about Respecting Self, Respecting Others and Respecting Property. This book looks really good. I would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity!
    Megan
    meganhorman@gmail.com

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  22. Our school uses Second Step. We also have character counts and schoolwide positive behavior support.

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  23. I really enjoyed reading all of these responses Casey!

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