I’m just going to come out and say it: I am not one of those people who think The Giving Tree is an amazing and beautiful story. I know that’s practically blasphemy (especially in educational circles), but there you are. That does not, however, mean that the book can’t be used to talk about love, kindness, and generosity. Quite the opposite---it’s a wonderful discussion-starter for looking at the meaning of friendship. How do we show our love to our friends? How do we show our gratitude? What makes someone a “good” friend? How do we recognize whether we are being taken advantage of, and how do we stand up for ourselves if we are?
I’m willing to concede that I may have a few unaddressed personal issues. :-)
Included in this packet are 5 worksheets and one cut-and-paste activity. You will certainly not want to use all of them with the same kids. Pick the one(s) that will resonate with the particular child or group you are working with. With younger children (grades 1 & 2), you may only want to do the cut-and-paste activity, leaving the deeper discussion to grades 3 and up.
Please check out the preview to get an idea of what's included--this is really intended to simply open the door for a discussion about what makes a healthy friendship.
Graphics by Teaching in the Tongass, Molly Tillyer,
& Laurie Mendoza (me!); Font by Cara Carroll
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