Teaching Students How to Share
The focus of this lesson is to encourage the concept of sharing through reading and cognitive learning experiences.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
Woof! Woof! The focus of this lesson is to encourage the concept of sharing through reading and cognitive learning experiences.
Teaching With Clifford’s Big Idea: Share
Sharing acts of kindness can bring friends together in work and play. When children are given opportunities to share with others, they learn positive social skills needed to develop healthy relationships. Through observation and role-playing, children learn how to share, be considerate of others, and make good decisions.
The following activities nurture essential:
- Social and emotional skills
- Alphabet and phonemic skills
- Vocabulary/sight word skills
- Pre-reading skills
- Creative expression skills
- Various Clifford books for students to read with each other (try Scholastic's Clifford the Big Red Dog Book List for ideas)
- Whiteboard or chart paper
- Small word cards or index cards
- Large word cards
- Clifford coloring pages ("S is for Share" or others from Clifford's BE BIG collection and Clifford's Big Red Printables), at least one per student
- Crayons, markers, or colored pencils for coloring activity
- Optional: Pillows for students to use during circle time
Set Up and Prepare
- Write "Clifford" on a small word card or index card for each student.
- Write sight words and high-frequency words you would find in a typical Clifford book, such as a, and, the, big, little, red, play, dog, puppy, friend, Emily Elizabeth, etc., on the large word cards, keeping the letters large for visibility. You only need one copy of each of these words.
Day 1: Share and Search!
Step 1: Talk about how much fun it is to share books, stories, and toys with friends. Tell children that reading a book is more than just saying words, it’s also understanding the story the pictures are telling.
Step 2: Encourage children to bring their favorite Clifford book and a pillow to circle time. Give children 10 minutes to share their book with a friend.
Teaching Tip: It’s well known that there is a close correlation in the number of books a child experiences and reading success. Reading aloud throughout the day to children builds vocabulary, fosters imagination and creativity, and encourages growth in essential early literacy skills. By giving children opportunities to explore picture books independently, they can also grow in interpreting stories through illustration, which reinforces overall comprehension skills.
Step 3: Bring students back together and show them Clifford’s name in print. Name the letters and say the sounds.
Step 4: Hand each child a small word card with Clifford’s name on it. Ask children to search for Clifford’s name in the Clifford book they shared.
Step 5: Help students count and record how many times Clifford’s name is used in the text of their book.
Optional: Save the recorded numbers for later use in math class or the math skills Lesson Extension.
Day 2: Woof! Woof! Word Match!
Step 1: Review with students the large-letter word cards you prepared with the sight words and high-frequency words. Name the word, sound out the letters, and brainstorm using the word in sentences about Clifford.
Step 2: Have students take out their Clifford books from the day before. Hold each card up one at a time while children match that specific word in their favorite Clifford book. When they find their word, have them respond by barking “Woof! Woof!”
Step 3: Conclude the lesson by handing out the Clifford coloring pages ("S is for Share" or others from Clifford's BE BIG collection and Clifford's Big Red Printables) and have students color them in.
Optional: Write out the sight and high-frequency words for children to study and share at home.
Cognitive skills can also be reinforced through reading when children have opportunities to creatively experience books.
- To promote basic math skills, help children color in their word count information on a classroom bar graph. Help children count, compare, and share the information with the class.
- Read Clifford Counts Bubbles by Norman Bridwell. Then fill the classroom with bubbles just like Clifford!
These books support Clifford’s Big Ideas and reinforce valuable early literacy skills:
- Clifford’s Riddles by Norman Bridwell
- Clifford’s Word Book (Clifford the Big Red Dog) by Norman Bridwell (Scholastic)
- The Show-and-Tell Surprise (A Big Red Reader) by Norman Bridwell and Teddy Margules
Also check out the Clifford the Big Red Dog Book List.