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Grade 3 Books Overview

A Walk In The Rain With A Brain - Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.

Maddi's Fridge - Lois Brandt

Where Oliver Fits - Cale Atkinson

Because Amelia Smiled - David Ezra Stein

Grade 3 Discontinued Books

Effie - Beverly Allinson (Discontinued)

Don't Laugh At Me - Steve Seskin (Discontinued)

Because Brian Hugged His Mother - David L. Rice (Discontinued)

Maddi’s Fridge – Activity #1: "Friends Helping Friends"

  • Grade 3
  • Maddi’s Fridge – Activity #1: "Friends Helping Friends"

Activity #1: “Friends Helping Friends”

The purpose of this activity is to have the students recognize a time when they helped a friend or when they witnessed someone else helping a friend.


  • Blackline masters of various rock wall shapes to write on
  • Bright colours of construction paper (red, yellow, purple, green, blue)
  • Brown paper from the large rolls cut to form a “mountain”

Teacher Preparation:

  • Photocopy the blackline master on various bright colours of construction paper so there is one rock wall shape for each student (can be enlarged a bit more to fill the construction paper completely)
  • Mount the brown paper mountain on a display board and label the summit as “Friends helping friends”.


Step by Step:

Step One: Discuss why Sophie had to break her promise.  Elicit that Sophie recognized that even though she wanted to help her friend, she realized that she needed an adult’s help.  

Step Two: Did she do the right thing?  Was it okay to break her promise?

Step Three: Have you ever had a time when you had to get an adult’s help to solve a problem or help a friend?

Step Four: Is there a time when you were able to help a friend?  Was there a time when you witnessed someone else helping a friend?

Step Five: Hand out a photocopied rock wall shape to each student.  Have the students record either a time they helped someone or a time when they witnessed someone else helping someone.  Have students cut out the rock wall shape.

Step Six: Mount the rock wall shapes so that the “rocks” go to the top of the paper mountain where the summit is labeled “Reaching new heights with friends helping friends”.


End Product:

Students complete an activity that shares their personal experiences with helping a friend. The display represents Sophie and Maddi climbing to the top of the rock wall with the help of a friend.



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