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  • Erin Mahoney Allen

    What if Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick This one should come standard with every primary classroom. The book goes through a day with a little one who does things without thinking, like feeding zoo animals despite the warning signs not to. He's got that same feeling that lots of kids do - that their actions won't make that big of a difference. But the community helpers in this book get him to think of what would happen if everybody did that.

  • Alandra Dufresne

    Great way in introduce rules on the first day! Even middle schoolers love picture books and story time.

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What if Everybody Did That?: A good book to teach the need for rules and how our actions have consequences

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Sometimes it's really nice to have a set of rules, like this Writer's Rule Book, but sometimes I just want to throw it all out the window!

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  • Ken Carroll

    Yep, the rules can help or they can hinder- depending on how you use them.

  • Pie Hi

    I don't like the rule that kids or animals can't die, it would make it more sad. Some of my favorite books have kids and animals both die.

  • Reilly Cousins

    There's plenty of books where animals or kids die; I could list at least 20. Heck in elementary school we read books where children died XD

We read the book several times then the students chose one rule they thought was especially important to them. The teacher could dictate what they say.