This is a simple picture book
about the power of being
yourself and standing up to
bullies. It shows children
that one person can make a
- What does Blue think
of himself? How does
that change when he is
- What happened to Red
when no one asked him to stop being mean?
- What happened when One stood up to Red?
- What does it mean “to count” – to feel like you have value? When was
Red asked to be part of the group that counts?
- Using chart paper or the board, write “Every 1 counts!” The 1 can be
very large and decorated with colors seen in the book. Underneath
the 1, you can ask the class to come up with positive things to do when
someone is being mean – “use kind words”, “be a good friend”, “ask a
friend to play”, etc. Students can then use paper and crayons to make
their own “Every 1 Counts” posters, signing their names under the
- Cut out red, blue, yellow, green, purple and orange circles and numbers
from one to seven. Ask students to use the shapes and numbers to
act out or retell the story of One. How did they feel acting out the
different colors and numbers?