Friends~I made the cutest Hurty Box for back to school!

Friends~I made the cutest Hurty Box for back to school!  I have been working on a new author study to use with my class the first few weeks of school.  I chose Helen Lester because her stories are wonderful for teaching character education and setting up a community of learners.  

My very favorite Helen Lester book is titled, Hurty Feelings.  Besides having the sweetest cover, the character Fragility is the best.  Basically, Fragility gets her feelings hurt easily and the other hippos don't want to play with her.  She meets Rudy, the Bully Elephant and ends up hurting his feelings and she gets a taste of how she has been behaving. 
The Schroeder Page and Helen Lester
 Click the image below to hear the story!

Hurty Feelings Book Cover photo

I had so much fun creating activities for this story but my Hurty Box turned out so darn cute that I had to share it with you.  Watch the video below to learn more about how I am using The Hurty Box in class in August!

You can totally make your own cards to go inside or you can check out my new unit on TPT.  Just click the cover below!  
My Classroom Community, Hutry Box, photo
It is filled with 31 pages of activities to use with the following 5 Helen Lester books:

Grab a FREE download for Listen Buddy by clicking below.  
The Schroeder Page:Freebie for Listen Buddy
You can even make these adorable Buddies with your class.  I had my students follow a set of verbal directions to tear construction paper to create their own version of buddy. It is a perfect listening activity for the beginning of the year and a lessons on differences.  Each Buddy is unique!  

Make Your Own Buddy photo


  1. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is perfect for the beginning of the school year!! Love it!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. So fun! I agree this is perfect for the beginning of the year..
    The Hive

  4. A great way to start the year with little ones!

  5. Great idea! I need to buy Hurty Feelings and make a Hurty Box.

    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

  6. Such a great idea. I will definitely add it to my start of the year. I love the book "Yo! Yes!" and a book titled "Hunter's Best Friend at School." Check them out.


  7. cute story. hadn't seen it before. :D

  8. I love Helen Lester as well. I love your site! Hurty looks like a good story to read and use with our first graders around bullying and self awareness. Thanks,

  9. Such a great idea to create a classroom community at the beginning of the year! This seems like a great fit for younger students and a cute story as well :)

    - Amanda

  10. I have never heard of this book!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties


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