I start out my lesson by pretending to cry as I look over things in my library station, picking up books with bent or torn pages and covers missing. I often use dramatic play in my teaching as I believe that pretending is natural, something young children understand and do on their own. My students come over to try to figure out what is wrong. I point out to them the condition of the books and the book shelf.
Whaa! Look at this bookshelf! Someone has made a big mess and bent some of the books. This makes me feel sad. What am I going to do? Will you help me?
We decide we need to make a plan as to be sure this doesn't happen again. before we make a plan to straighten up the book shelves, I have a song for you.