Books for Teaching About Giving
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5
From Unit Plan: Giving
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Richard Wright and the Library Card by William Miller
A good book to show that small acts of kindness can have big consequences. This story, based on the life of the author Richard Wright, shows that kindness can change both the recipient and the giver.
The Big Book of Classroom Stationery: Dozens of Motivating Writing Sheets with Illustrated Borders Kids Will Love!
This book of blank, reproducible sheets with illustrated borders is handy for many writing assignments and can be used for the poem in this unit. It also has patriotic borders that could prove helpful in lessons dealing with Presidents' Day and similar holidays.
Famous Americans: 22 Short Plays for the Classroom
Many of the people in this book can serve as examples of people who give to the community or give for causes that help mankind. John Muir, Phillis Wheatley, Cesar Chavez, and Susan B. Anthony are some of the models presented through the appealing device of short plays. Extension activities are given for each play.
African Americans Who Made a Difference: 15 Plays for the Classroom
As with the book mentioned above, this is a great way to introduce or reacquaint students with people who gave so much to our country. From Ida B. Wells-Barnett to Thurgood Marshall, these plays broaden students' awareness of the important roles held by African Americans in all aspects of American history.
The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci
A perfect story to teach the difference between giving from the heart and giving only with the thought of reward. The kids will love this one!
Additional books you may find in your school library:
The Giver by Lois Lowry
A futuristic way of looking at giving through the point of view of two people who are sacrificing their own needs in order to give back to their community. An interesting story to get the students thinking about how this might happen in today's world.