Am I Weird? Teacher and Counselor Activity Guide

An Activity Guide for Helping Children Find their Place, Even When They Feel They Don't Fit In

Author: Jennifer Licate
Illustrator: Suzanne Beaky
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Winner of the Counselor's Choice Award!

This teacher and counselor activity guide is designed to accompany the Am I Weird? quick read chapter book, which focuses on helping students learn and accept that not everyone is the same, and it's perfectly fine to be who you are - even if you don't feel like you fit in. This guide includes the text from the story, along with discussion questions and activities for each chapter! Engage students in meaningful conversation and relevant activities to help with their prosocial development. 

The middle years can be tough, especially when you feel like you don't quite fit in. 

Meet Eva. Eva is an artist with a unique style! She loves trying new forms of art and she really enjoys crafts. People often compliment Eva on her artwork! But when Eva looks around at school and in the neighborhood, she sees most people are dressing similarly and enjoying the same kinds of outdoor or sporty activities. When the other girls at school gather, they are generally nice to Eva, but they talk and sometimes even gossip about things that make Eva feel a bit uncomfortable. These just don't appeal to Eva, and she wonders... Am I Weird?

Luckily, Eva has a best friend, Isaiah, and an understanding mom who are there to remind her that everyone is different, and as long as she is kind and caring toward others, she can be true to herself and be happy.

This quick read chapter book is part of the Navigating Friendships book series, which is great for 4th-7th graders who are struggling with changing friendships, learning about self-advocacy, and figuring out how to get along with others. Included are 20 activities along with a digital content link for reproducible forms and worksheets.

About the Author

JENNIFER LICATE received her Master's Degree in School Counseling from West Chester University and has worked as a School Counselor for over ten years. She currently splits her time between two schools and enjoys the dynamic of working with children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Her book, He's Not Just Teasing! is the winner of the MOM's Choice Gold Award Honoring Excellence. The book series won the Counselor's Choice Award, which is awarded by Licensed Mental Health Therapists for "Recognition of Quality in the Field." Counseling young children one day and teenagers another (as well as raising two kids of her own) has taught Jennifer a universal truth: all children want to be loved, valued and respected for the unique individuals they are. She channels this truth and her love of counseling and creativity to craft children's books whose aim is to help children of all ages navigate the challenges of growing up with stories that speak directly to them. Jennifer has also been featured in an article for Motherhood: The Real Deal - Six Ways to Encourage and Celebrate Your Child's Uniqueness!

Published by Boys Town Press
ISBN: 978-1-944882-66-2
47 pages
Softcover, 8.5"x11"