The Giving Tree is one of the best children's books of all time! Included are activities that will allow children to dig deeper into the characters, their feelings, make connections within themselves and recognize character traits in others. There are fantastic discussion prompt cards, which will promote great classroom community building. As well as reflective writing that will help with text to self connections.
There are also great discussion prompts and writing activities for The Little Engine That Could. I especially love to teach these units at the beginning of the school year. Your kids will love their 'gifts' of these meaningful lessons:)