Below is an email we received from a teacher who is implementing The Energy Bus for Kids at her school. We hope her words inspire ideas for you and your kids / school as well.
I am Kathie Cink, 4th Grade teacher at Prairie View Elementary School in Cedar Rapids, IA.
One of my fellow teachers, Scott, took a picture of one of my student's drawings of her own Energy Bus. You saw it on Twitter just a few minutes ago. I read the book to my class at the beginning of the week and have been doing many activities with it's message! What you saw is just one activity.
Jon, I wanted to thank you for writing this book for teachers to use in the classroom. The impact your message is sending is phenomenal.
After I read the book this week, students were put into 5 groups (representing each rule.) Each group, as it rotated throughout the room, discussed each rule which I put on poster paper. They got to add their own thoughts and pictures to each of the rules. (This is a procedure I do with my class called "World Café".) Once we were done with each rule, discussing, and connecting with art work or words, then the groups presented their rule to the class, giving their own thoughts and connections. When we were discussing each poster, students were saying things like, "If the oil gets dirty, it needs to be changed, just like our attitudes. If our attitudes get bad, we have to change them." That's only one example.
Once we finished up with the discussions and presentations, the students got to draw and color their own buses. This is only one picture of one bus you have seen on the Twitter account. The buses and the posters are amazing!
I have shared The Energy Bus & The Energy Bus for Kids with my principal and other co-workers. They also love your books. So thank you, thank you, thank you! Our family has also read them!.
You have truly made a difference in my students' lives!
Kathie A.Cink, Prairie View School