Written by Aidan Cassie
Pre Reading Questions
Post Reading Questions
Overview: In the book Sterling, Best Dog Ever, all Sterling had ever wanted was to be in a loving home, but no one had ever wanted him! After trying time and time again to be something and someone that he was not, he finally learned that his new family loved him just as he was. You are the only you in the world and it is important to find people who love you for who you already are. When you think hard, what do you like about yourself? Are you awesome at soccer? Are you a speedy runner? Are you an expert artist? Maybe you are a whiz at math or can read all the best books! Maybe you are the best brother, sister, or friend. Make yourself an award for what you’re best at and for being yourself!
● Beads (optional)
● “Best at…” template printed on cardstock. Download template.
● Hole puncher (more than one depending on group size)
● Marker/color pencils
● Stickers/star stickers
● Glue sticks
● Foam sheets (various colors)
Duration: 40-50 minutes (for staff: 5 pre-activity set up and 15-20 minute prep)
● 5 minutes: Introduce the activity using the book and examples
● 10 minutes: Draw what they are “Best at…” on the circle template
● 5-10 minutes: Cut out a foam circle and glue to the back of their “Best at…” circle. If the foam is precut, glue the foam circle to the template.
● 5 minutes: Decorate their foam cutout with stickers
● 10 minutes: (Can be done while students decorate the foam) Hole punch and thread ribbon or yarn through the hole to make a necklace.
● 5 minutes: Clean up activity
● 5 minutes: Reflect