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When Charlie McButton Lost Power by Suzanne Collins and Unplugged by Steven Antony make great additions to bookshelves in the classroom and at home. Both books…

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When Charlie McButton Lost Power by Suzanne Collins and Unplugged by Steven Antony make great additions to bookshelves in the classroom and at home. Both books tell the stories of what happens when the main character loses access to power – meaning no access to their beloved electronic devices. These stories are great for teaching kids about limiting screen time through picture books and finding fulfillment in play!

When Charlie McButton Lost Power by Suzanne Collins and Unplugged by Steven Antony make great additions to bookshelves in the classroom and at home. Both books tell the stories of what happens when the main character loses access to power - meaning no access to their beloved electronic devices. These stories are great for teaching kids about limiting screen time through picture books and finding fulfillment in play! This post by Babbling Abby includes activities, crafts, and a free compare and contrast download to use with these stories. All are appropriate for kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade and homeschool.

As the school year winds down, I think it’s our responsibility as teachers and parents to encourage our kiddos to unplug over summer vacation!  With plenty of time on their hands, it’s easy to default to a device, especially when boredom sneaks in. I, for one, find boredom perfectly acceptable and find that it breeds creativity. (Truly, when my own children approach me with the I’m boooooooored line, my typical response is, So?)

Boredom doesn’t scare me near as much as device addiction and the harmful effects of excess screen time does. So many studies have been conducted sharing the major disadvantages of screen time on little brains and it’s our job as educators and parents to be aware and educate accordingly. (If you’re interested in some of those articles, check them out here, here, and here.)

An easy way to start this conversation with our little learners is through picture books. I recommend Unplugged and When Charlie McButton Lost PowerBoth tell what happens when the main character is forced to disconnect from their devices. What happens? Well, of course I want you to read the stories to find out, but I will tell you that they’re very very very happy that they stepped away from the screen!

When Charlie McButton Lost Power by Suzanne Collins and Unplugged by Steven Antony make great additions to bookshelves in the classroom and at home. Both books tell the stories of what happens when the main character loses access to power - meaning no access to their beloved electronic devices. These stories are great for teaching kids about limiting screen time through picture books and finding fulfillment in play! This post by Babbling Abby includes activities, crafts, and a free compare and contrast download to use with these stories. All are appropriate for kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade and homeschool.

Classroom or homeschool teachers might be interested in adding in some activities after reading these stories.  I love creating this easy-as-pie craft to portray Blip from Unplugged. Your kids can think of ways to stay unplugged over the summer and create a craft to display! CRAFT TEMPLATE HERE.

When Charlie McButton Lost Power by Suzanne Collins and Unplugged by Steven Antony make great additions to bookshelves in the classroom and at home. Both books tell the stories of what happens when the main character loses access to power - meaning no access to their beloved electronic devices. These stories are great for teaching kids about limiting screen time through picture books and finding fulfillment in play! This post by Babbling Abby includes activities, crafts, and a free compare and contrast download to use with these stories. All are appropriate for kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade and homeschool.

Further, I have a whole reading companion set for Charlie McButton.  It includes activities for teaching vocabulary, comprehension, higher level thinking and more! CHARLIE ACTIVITIES HERE.

When Charlie McButton Lost Power by Suzanne Collins and Unplugged by Steven Antony make great additions to bookshelves in the classroom and at home. Both books tell the stories of what happens when the main character loses access to power - meaning no access to their beloved electronic devices. These stories are great for teaching kids about limiting screen time through picture books and finding fulfillment in play! This post by Babbling Abby includes activities, crafts, and a free compare and contrast download to use with these stories. All are appropriate for kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade and homeschool.

After you’ve had the chance to read both stories to your students, pair them with a quick compare and contrast activity. This is an excellent way to review this literacy skill before the end of the year, too!

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When Charlie McButton Lost Power by Suzanne Collins and Unplugged by Steven Antony make great additions to bookshelves in the classroom and at home. Both books tell the stories of what happens when the main character loses access to power - meaning no access to their beloved electronic devices. These stories are great for teaching kids about limiting screen time through picture books and finding fulfillment in play! This post by Babbling Abby includes activities, crafts, and a free compare and contrast download to use with these stories. All are appropriate for kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade and homeschool.

Check out these reads and share them with your kiddos! It’s really important to help our children find alternatives to technology. I also want them to think for themselves about the negative impacts of too much screen time.  Sharing stories like Unpluggled and Charlie McButton can help support you in your teaching!

If you like these activities or book recommendations, be sure to check out THIS POST that shares ten of my favorite end of the year books! 

​As the end of the school year approaches, I wanted to share some of my favorite read-alouds with you! These books are appropriate to read in kindergarten through the fifth grade classroom, all helping you close out the school year and transition your students into the next grade. 

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