PrintOne Thirty-Minute Class Period
The learner will:
  • identify and describe the behaviors of a student who helps others with their work.
  • give an example of a benefit of group cooperation.
  • describe how the problem in the story was solved.
  • The Brand New Kid by Katie Couric (see Bibliographical References)
  • Journals or paper

Couric, Katie. The Brand New Kid. New York: Doubleday, 2000. ISBN: 0385500300.


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Review the class rules. Focus on any rules that address how to treat other people. Then ask the students how a new student would feel coming into your class. Tell the students that is the issue in the book you are going to read, The Brand New Kid.

  2. Read the book to the class. Use your finger to run under the line being read and to point to key picture items.
  3. On selected pages, stop and encourage the children to interact with the book in the following ways:
    • Identify key items in the picture that will aid in listening comprehension.
    • Hypothesize about what may happen next, what the motives of characters might be, and why something is happening.
    • Label the feelings of the characters.
Note and record as appropriate how children: discuss and label the feelings of the characters. discuss the problem in the story and relate it to their own experience. discuss the benefits of being in a class with rules and group cooperation. demonstrate helpfulness in the role-play situations.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark E.3 Describe a benefit of group cooperation.
      2. Benchmark E.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.