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Updated: Feb 13, 2023

The parent/teacher and child will:
  1. Read Mistake’s story of the month 'A VERY GRUMPY MISTAKE'. PreK-2 read aloud with a parent. 3-5 silent read independently.

  2. Have the child identify the main idea of the story (tell it in their own words).

  3. Ask your child what they think about Mistake’s behavior when it was grumpy.

  4. Have your child think of a time when they felt grumpy and how it affected them.

  5. Ask your child what they think would have happened if Lolita Crane hadn’t come to talk with Mistake.

  6. Discuss the vocabulary words on the next page with your child.

  7. Have your child re-tell the definitions of the vocab words in their own words.


  1. Confession – a formal statement admitting that one is guilty of something.

  2. Mood – the way a person feels at a certain time.

  3. Grumpy – in a bad mood.

  4. Tossed – threw lightly.

  5. Fetch – to go for (something) and bring back.

  6. Temper – a mood of anger.

  7. Embarrassed – feeling uncomfortable because of shame or too much attention from others.

  8. Avoided – kept away from someone/something.

Follow Up lesson #1:

Objective: to give children the opportunity to get to know better other kids in class.

  1. Split the class into teams of 2 or 3. Place kids with someone who is NOT their close friend.

  2. Each group needs to find 5 things that all the kids have in common (shows/food/games they like, hobbies, siblings, etc.).

  3. Then they need to find one thing that each kid can teach their friends.

  4. The kids will create a poster that shows the things they have in common (draw, paint, collage, etc).

Follow Up lesson #2:

Objective: to give kids a chance to introduce themselves in a positive way to the class.

  1. In the next few weeks, every student will have the opportunity to present their unique talent/hobby/interest to the class.

  2. Classmates will have a chance to ask questions and give positive feedback about their friend’s presentation.


  • Identifying one’s emotions

  • Demonstrating honesty and integrity

  • Linking feelings, values, and thoughts

  • Examining prejudices and biases

  • Experiencing self-efficacy

  • Having a growth mindset

Social Awareness:
  • Taking others’ perspectives

  • Recognizing strengths in others

  • Demonstrating empathy and compassion

  • Showing concern for the feelings of others

  • Understanding and expressing gratitude

  • Identifying diverse social norms, including unjust ones

  • Recognizing situational demands and opportunities

Responsible Decision-Making:
  • Identifying solutions for personal and social problems Learning to make a reasoned judgment after analyzing information

  • Anticipating and evaluating the consequences of one’s actions

  • Recognizing how critical thinking skills are useful both inside & outside of school

  • Managing one’s emotions

  • Identifying and using stress-management strategies

  • Setting personal and collective goals

  • Showing the courage to take initiative

Relationship Skills:
  • Communicating effectively

  • Developing positive relationships

  • Practicing teamwork and collaborative problem-solving

  • Resolving conflicts constructively

  • Seeking or offering support and help when needed



Reading grade-appropriate texts independently


Using appropriate fluency when reading grade-level text.


(G) Evaluating details to determine what is most important with adult assistance.

(H) Synthesizing information to create new understanding with adult assistance.

Response Skills:

(D) Retelling texts in ways that maintain meaning.

(F) Responding using newly acquired vocabulary.


(A) dictating or composing literary texts.

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