Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Giving Class

Quick activity to share with you all that we did in class today during our English block, based on the text "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein.

This week we are focusing on our first school CBIS/PBIS expectation of how to "Be a Model". I shared with my students that one of the best ways we can do this is by helping others.

We read the story "The Giving Tree", chatted about how the tree helped the boy, and from here discussed how we can be more giving and helpful like the tree to others in our classroom and school. 

Then we created a class book, based on "The Giving Tree", entitled "The Giving Class". (Sorry for the awkward yellow color of all my photos...I think I need to examine the settings on my camera!).

Here are some examples of what my kiddos came up with:

My primary and ELL teachers, I am sure you can translate ;). 
Photo #1: I can help others in my school by sharing my supplies with others.
Photo #2: I can help others in my school by sharing materials. Note the superheroes!
My kiddos def. are using their Spanish knowledge to help them with their English sounds!

Photo #1: I can help others in my school by earning honor badges for the class. (This is our PBIS incentive- anyone else utilize these?! My kids are all about earning them for the whole class and working together!)
Photo #2: I can help others in my school by helping others get up!

I am excited to read our finished product to the class tomorrow!

Here is a freebie of the class book page we used for the activity if you would like to use it with you class! Border is by Scrappin Doodles and Font is from Kevin and Amanda.


  1. Super idea! Thanks for sharing! I will be recreating in my class. Love it!

    1. Thanks- hope it goes well! We had a lot of fun with it!

  2. This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing. I don't have much on my blog yet but come and visit sometime.

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  3. I love this Krista!! The Giving Tree is one of my favorite books and I always love to apply the lessons we learn from stories. Thanks for sharing! :)

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