The "Just Like ..." Series
Grades 2-8, Inclusion, Win
The 4 animated stories in the Just Like series offer
much-needed support for children facing difficult behavioral issues. Topics
such as bullying, disruptive behavior, and dealing with parental
expectations and conflict at home are de-mystified by the series. Each story
and the accompanying activities facilitate exchange between students,
teachers, and guidance counselors about issues relating to personal and
social development that affect emotional well-being, behavior, and learning.
Each CD in the series is based on a true story, and portrays children who
display courage, humor and compassion when faced with adversity. The aim of
the series is to give children a sense of hope and a belief that change can
happen, as well as to foster empathy, tolerance, and understanding in the
classroom, school, and community. The stories in the series include:
Just like every other...pupil! Parental expectations are at the core of this
story, which brings issues of pressure, achievement, and relationships into
Just like every other...school bell! The focus of this story is conflict at
home, including issues such as fear, disclosure, and relationships.
Just like every other...class! Disruptive behavior, learning, expectations,
and relationships are at the center of this story.
Just like every other...morning! Bullying, isolation, fear, and
relationships are explored in this story.
Each story contains an animated story book with audio and narration, making
them accessible to all levels of reading ability. Key text, audio, and
visual content can be replayed to reinforce comprehension but also enables
children to identify significant content on a personal level. Children may
then write in response to each story. By providing the same animation for
each page as the pages in the story, omitting the text, and providing a word
bank of emotions, children can retell the stories in their own words. This
activity enables children to interpret, recreate, and claim ownership of
both the issues and the story. Children can get an increased sense of
personal achievement by printing their story.
The animations of each page of the story are shown again, this time
accompanied by two questions relating to the issues raised by that page. The
first question reinforces comprehension but focuses on the emotional content
of the story. The second question has the same focus but encourages children
to self-reflect on the issue in terms of their own experience.
Finally, two "Word" activities reinforce comprehension. Matching emotions to
the characters in each story encourages children to view the story from each
character's perspective, helping them to develop a sense of empathy. Another
activity lets children relate actions and feelings to everyday environments,
enabling children to explore the sources of both positive and negative
experiences and to increase their understanding and awareness of themselves
Minimum system requirements
Win 95 or later, 166 MHz, 64 MB RAM, 800 x 600, 256 colors
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