|Beany Not Beanhead|
|Chapter One -The Test|
Activity: Bulletin board display for which students draw or constructearrings Ms. Babbitt might wear for “special occasions.”
Discussion or writing topics: Getting a poor grade on a test, drugs,qualities that are important in a best friend, nicknames that are cruel (essay: Don’t Call Me…).
Chapter Two - Glamour Nails
Activity: Children draw hands adorned with their own version ofglamour nails.
Discussion or writing topics: Have you ever wanted something badly,gotten it, then realized it wasn’t that great after all? Relatedtopic: peer pressure, pressure to be like everyone else.
Chapter Three - The Star Sweater
Activity: Students wear their favorite article of clothing toschool; children bring their favorite stuffed animal to school (a la Beany’sJingle Bell).
Discussion or writing topic: Hiding the truth from parents, studentsmake lists of things they love, and the reasons.
Chapter Four - The Tooth
Activity: Children bring in pictures of their own smiling faceswith “missing teeth gaps.”
Discussion or writing topic: Children’s own losing-a-tooth adventures,children make their own lists of how to prepare a tooth for the tooth fairy.
Chapter Five - The Talent Show
Activity: A talent show!
Discussion or writing topics: Standing up for beliefs; standing up tofriends when you don’t agree with them; students draw or write about thingsthey enjoy, just as Beany and her father discussed.