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I Like Me - Nancy Carlson

The Little Engine That Could - Watty Piper

Giraffes Can't Dance - Giles Andreae

Wolf! - Becky Bloom

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Doggie In The Window - Elaine Arsenault (Discontinued)

The Little Engine That Could – Activity #3: "Put-Down Burial"

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  • The Little Engine That Could – Activity #3: "Put-Down Burial"

Activity #3: “Put-Down Burial”

This activity helps students become aware of the impact of kindness. Your classroom will be rid of put-downs after your class physically buries them.


  • Slips of scrap paper
  • Felt pens
  • Small box
  • Shovel

Teacher Preparation:

  • N/A


Step by Step:

Step One: Discuss the importance of saying kind words to others. Discuss that it is important that the classroom get rid of unkind words, or ‘put-downs’.

Step Two: Have the students provide examples of ‘put downs’. Teacher records student ideas on large slips of scrap paper.

  • Examples: You’re stupid. You’re slow. You have funny clothes. I’m better than you.

Step Three: Once the teacher is finished recording the put-downs, provide each student with one of these slips of paper. Each student folds or crumples a ‘put-down’ and places it into a small box.

Step Four: Take the students outside and bury the box of put-downs. 

(If no access to a burial site, bury the box in a garbage can and throw other things on top of the box.)



End Product:

This symbolic gesture of burying (or throwing away) the unkind words is very powerful. Explain to the students that the words are dead/gone and never to be used again.

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