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Inside Highlights August

What’s Up with Goofus and Gallant

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Looking for smart ways to tackle important topics with your Highlights reader? Check out this month’s Goofus and Gallant. You can find it on page 10 of our August 2016 issue—or you can read the recaps below. Then help yourself to the conversation starters that follow to ease into discussions about respectful behavior and using good judgment. You (and your kids) will be glad you did.
What’s Up with Goofus and Gallant
Recap: Goofus, on a sleepover, is about to break a friend’s household lights-out rule, reasoning that no one will ever find out about it. Gallant promptly ends a playdate when he learns his host’s family is about to serve dinner.

Conversation Starters:

  1. If you were to choose one word to describe Goofus’s sleepover behavior, what would it be, and why is that word fitting?
  2. What word best describes Gallant’s playdate behavior? Why did you choose that word?
  3. Why might it be a good idea to follow rules set by your teachers, parents, or friends’ parents?
  4. Which of our own family rules are easy to follow, and which ones are challenging?
Recap: Goofus urges friends to stay outdoors in a storm, despite the lightning striking around them. Gallant heads indoors when he hears thunder.

Conversation Starters:

  1. Where should you go—and what should you avoid—when you see lightning or hear thunder?
  2. If a friend urges you to do something dangerous, like remain outside during a lightning storm, what should you say or do to get yourself and your friend to safety?
  3. Gallant was smart to head indoors. How would you know whether a storm is approaching?
  4. After a storm, when would it be safe to go outside again? Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web site for more info on storm safety.

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