Teaching Civics with Children’ Literature: Grody’s Not So Golden Rules

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Introduction and Summary

Grody’s Not So Golden Rules, written and illustrated by Nicole Rubel, is a funny story of a boy/dog who imagines what life would be like if he followed his own set of rules. As Grody lists his rules, the reader is clearly shown the consequences of such bad behavior. The creative, hilarious illustrations make this a fun read for kids, while cleverly promoting core values. By the end of the story, the children will see the reasons behind the rules we have at school and at home.Grades K-2 would really enjoy this book!

Curriculum Connections!  

           SOLs K.8 and 1.10 are covered by this book.

Respect, responsibility, and rules are the three “R”s that Grody reveals the importance of throughout the story. This is necessary knowledge for good behavior in and out of the classroom.

Additional Resources!

  • Activity: Have the students make a table where they can write each of Grody’s rules, the consequences of that rule, and what the students believe to be the right thing to do!

General Information!

Book: Grody’s Not So Golden Rules
Author/Illustrator: Nicole Rubel
Publisher: Harcourt Books
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 30
Grade Range: K-2
ISBN: 0-15-216241-0