How Do You Hug a Porcupine?

How to Hug a Porcupine book cover image

How to Hug a Porcupine

I just received this “free” book with my box of Cheerios. How Do You Hug A Porcupine? by Laurie Isop was the winner of the Cheerios New Author Contest. This book provides a perfect text to examine Decision Making for young students. The story is about a little boy who has a porcupine as a friend. He tries to figure out how to hug the porcupine. After he hugs a variety of other animals, he decides to hug his friend the porcupine.

1) After you read the story, ask students if they would hug a porcupine who was their friend. Tell them that they have to make a decision whether or not to hug the porcupine. Show them a copy of a decision tree:
Decision Tree
Image of decision tree

2) Now work with the students to have them fill in their own decision tree based on the story. See the example below.

Image of decision tree completed

3) Having young students understand how to make decisions in everyday life is a first step toward introducing decision making. Watch this video by Paul Heyne for more information on storytelling as a way to enhance economic thinking…

About Deborah Kozdras

Instructor and Chief Creative Officer at the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education at the University of South Florida.
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