The Check In Tool, wit Mo Willems’ The Pigeon Has to Go to School!

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The Pigeon HAS to go to School… and he has a lot of feelings about it!

This week, we stepped into the Pigeon’s shoes (Shoes? Feet? Wings?) to investigate all his feelings about the first day of school. After our first reading, we took some time to name the Pigeon’s feelings, and explore them. The text in this book may be simple, but there are so many ways to dive deeper. Big feelings mean big questions!

Here are just a few of our big questions: What is the Pigeon feeling? How can you tell? Have you ever felt like that? What does your face look like when you feel that way? Where do you feel it when you get nervous – your belly? Your head? Your hands? What would you say to the Pigeon if you were there? How can you tell if a friend feels that way? How can you help?

This book was a great way to ease into our exploration of emotional literacy this year. The Pigeon is a familiar and trusted friend, and he makes talking about feelings so accessible and comfortable. This lesson felt like a perfect springboard to start the year.

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