Friday, January 11, 2013

Potato Chip Champ

Finally Friday!
 Can I get an Amen?!

I don't know what it is about the first week back after Christmas break that makes it SOOOO long- and we had a Monday without kids! I'm just glad it's behind me! :)))

I am participating in Maria Dismondy's "Virtual Blog Tour" for her new book, "The Potato Chip Champ." Her books are so well written and relatable to real issues that primary students go through. She is such a kind person and it reflects through her writing!
Inspiration for this story came from experiences in her own life. Maria has witnessed children struggle with wanting it all. She was inspired by stories of children who have barely anything and give away what they do have. After years of researching bullying, Maria has found that what the world needs is an increase in EMPATHY. The Potato Chip Champ teaches empathy and contentment in a silly story with witty characters. Maria writes stories that children need to hear.
Watch the trailer below!
This has to be one of my new favorite books! It is a wonderful introduction to teaching your students about being 1)grateful for what you have and 2) being kind and giving to others. I am using this little web map to brainstorms ways that we can be kind to others this next week {and tying it in to MLK, too!} Snag it up if you want!
 
Now.. the best part of this little tour is that Maria is giving away an autographed copy of her wonderful book! It's easy peasy to enter! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Freebie Fridays
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34 comments:

  1. Not sure that I like being the first one to enter . . . hehehehehehe . . . but I would LOVE to win this book. It's in my Amazon cart as I type (along with her Juice Box Bully tale). Thanks for this opportunity!!!

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory


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  2. What a great book to teach such a difficult concept to children. I think that this would benefit any classroom! It would help push the ideals that we are striving for in our schools. A great kick off!

    Kiah
    kiah.m.berg@gmail.com

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  3. Even kindergarteners can relate to a story like this. The illustrations are adorable...looks like a great story for character development!

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  4. This book sounds PERFECT for therapy focusing in social skills!!! I can see so many uses for children with ASD and this book! I MUST check out Maria's other books!!!! So glad you are doing this giveaway and I'm DEFINITELY sharing on my FB page!

    P.S. Just in case you are trying to confirm my entry, I'm signed in under my FB name Maria Del Duca, but liked your page as my company page (Communication Station) so my followers can see your FB like!

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  5. What a great book to help First Graders!
    scubaisfun1@hotmail.com

    WEndy

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  6. This would work wonderfully with our Character Counts program.
    cbartram@kitcarsonschool.com

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  7. Would love to have this book for my classroom. I have her Juice Box Bully book - she's a great author!

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  8. How can any class NOT benefit from this book? I certainly can use this book with my 4th graders. This would be great for our class meetings and to share with our buddy class (2nd graders)!
    Thanks for this opportunity!
    ~Lorraine
    Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies

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  9. I would use this book to promote kindness and peace! Literature helps to get the message across. Empathy is not easy to teach or learn especially in today's society! Every thing bit helps!

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  10. This book would be great to reinforce kindness. Perfect book for MLK week. Fits right into a lesson on connections as well.

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  11. What a great book! What a great way to teach empathy! I would love it to help with kindness in my classroom!
    Cheryl
    Crayons and Curls

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  12. My kinders love kindness lessons! We have a Kind Kids Club and this book would go perfect when doing things to get in the club!

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  13. this book looks really cute, i am going to find out about other books by this author

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  14. Sounds like a great book to help some of my fourth grade friends practice being kind in word and action!

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  15. Looks like a fun way help support our CARES program at school.

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  16. Great opportunity to teach children about empathy.

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  17. We are doing a schoolwide book study in February where each grade level is focusing on a different trait. This would be perfect for that!
    Amber
    www.laueslittles.blogspot.com

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  18. This book looks like a great way to teach empathy. Love books that teach a lesson that kids can have difficulties identifying otherwise.

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  19. This looks like a wonderful way to teach social skills and empathy! This book would be great for children with ASD.

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  20. I would love to use this book as a teacher and a parent. It is so hard for children to understand this in a world that teacher he with the most toys wins...

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple
    theresourcefulapple@gmail.com

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  21. Can't wait to get my hands on it. We all need a reminder in empathy.
    Angie K

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  22. I am transitioning from classroom teacher to school counselor. This would be a great resource for a classroom guidance lesson. I am always looking for children books to reinforce my lessons.

    Rebbecca
    rkzoglmann@gmail.com

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  23. This looks like a great way to continue developing a community of caring lewdness in my kindergarten class. I am not familiar with Maria's books, but if this is representative, I'll be looking for them to share with my kinders!

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  24. Good grief - this Smart phone isn't! LEARNERS. Obviously not lewdness!!

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  25. Thanks soooooooo much for the freebie thinking map ... it's something that I can definitely use!

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  26. I would love to have this book to help teach kindness in my classroom. My kids are having a really hard time being nice to each other this year and I need all the help that I can get.

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  27. I'm always looking for really great read aloud stories for the kiddos! We've done some work with some new common core lessons where students as young as kindergarten/first grade analyze characters and their feelings in depth and they've done a great job! I'd love to add another book to my collection for this!

    Kristin (kristinbrehm@gmail.com)

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  28. What a great book to teach kindness. Tying this in with MLK is a great idea.I would love to win this. There can never be enough teaching on this subject.

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  29. Perfect for teaching my kindergarteners about kindness ! Would love to win this and include it in my MLK lesson plan unit. Thanks!!!

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  30. I am new to primary grades and look forward to exploring Maria's books! I plan to tie Kindness in with Valentine's; and our unit on Reconciliation. Thanks for sharing this resource!

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  31. What a wonderful book! My 3rd graders would benefit from this book! Kindness and empathy are lessons that need to be revisited year after year in elementary school.

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

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  32. So many of the children that we teach come to school without basic social skills. We spend so much time teaching our students how to be kind and tolerant of those who are different that we are. This book would be a great resource for teaching empathy. A lesson for kids, big and small.

    Karen
    anappleadayinfirstgrade.blogspot.com

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  33. Hi!

    I would love to win a copy of this book. My students could sure use something to get them thinking about others rather than themselves. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    Carol

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  34. I loved how you ran this giveaway! Especially liked the kindness worksheet! Thank you so much!

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