What If Everybody Did That?

Quick Rundown:
Author: Ellen Javernick
Illustrator: Colleen Madden
Grades: PK-3
Blurb: “If you drop just one soda can out the window, it’s no big deal…right? But what if everybody did that? What if everybody broke the rules…and spoke during story time, didn’t wash up, or splashed too much at the pool? The the world would be a mess. But what if the everybody obeyed the rules so that the world would become a better place?”

What If Everybody Did That? cover

About: Last week I posted the third book in the What If Everybody series by Ellen Javernick: What If Everybody Thought That?. I made it to my classroom and I’m happy to bring you the next two books in the series. *Stay tuned later today for the second book!
The book opens with character at the zoon in front of zoo enclosure where there is a sign that says “Please…Do Not Feed The Bears” but he fed just a little bit of his popcorn to them. The zookeeper than says to him, “What if everybody did that?” The other side of the page shows three very obese bears who would probably have to roll everywhere they went. I know we’ve seen litter on the side of the road. Do you think the person who dropped it thought, “It’s just one thing?” but seriously, “What if everybody did that?” Can you imagine how polluted our planet would be? The scenarios each page turn takes us on is easily relatable for the reader in all aspects of life: school, home, and places you may find yourself when out in public, like the swimming pool, parking lot, or restaurant. They help us think, “What can I do instead?”

What If Everybody Did That? excerpt

Discussion Questions:
-Have you ever wanted to do anything the main character did in this book?
-Why do you think we have rules to follow? *Discuss etiquette
-What are some alternatives to some of these scenarios?

Activities to try with the book:
-Scenarios: In my social skills group, I have read this story and applied it to specific scenarios I have seen students struggling with. For example, I may have a student who has problems keeping their hands to themselves so we discuss, “What if everybody did that?” and we talk about what it would look like if everybody was always touching each other all the time. Another example, I may have a student who likes to talk out so we discuss, “What if everybody did that?” and what would the classroom look like if everyone was talking at the same time as the teacher? After each scenario we then discuss alternatives to touching others and talking out such as, keeping our hands in our pockets when we are standing in line or hands in our laps at our desk; keeping a notebook at our desk and jotting our questions down so we don’t forget when the teacher asks if there are any questions and we can then speak up.
Writing Prompt: What if everybody walked backwards for an hour each day?

Other books by Ellen Javernick:
-What If Everybody Said That?
-What If Everybody Thought That?
-The Birthday Pet
-The Perky Little Pumpkin

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One thought on “What If Everybody Did That?

  1. We learned as kids not to pollute (Not that we always followed.), and when we go fishing, we don’t like to see trash others left behind. And we know of the difficulty of ground water contamination, and in the movie about PG &E and others. But there’s a far cry difference between pollution, contaminating ground water, putting chemicals in the air, and destroying the planet. The first we should be mindful of. The second is propaganda.

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