Students participate in a read aloud and discussion of what it means to be hungry. They brainstorm ways that they can assist people in the community who are in need of food. They may plan and carry out a food drive, collecting and distributing food donations to a local food pantry. The concepts of kindness, helpfulness, friendship, caring and sharing are presented through the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The students will participate in a read aloud, discussion, brainstorming, constructing a class book, sharing this class book, and role-playing focusing on the concepts of caring, sharing, cooperation, courtesy, and helpfulness through the child-friendly text of The Grouchy Ladybug. Adaptable for preschool.

Through literature and discussion, students recognize that hunger is an issue in their community that they can do something about. Students brainstorm ways they can take action to address the needs of children who are hungry in their community. Students hold a food collection and use math and writing skills to analyze their collection.

This interdisciplinary unit involves working with staff to plan an evening fundraising meal and with the art teacher to create clay bowls. There are many "empty bowls" within a community, and students get involved in planning and advertising for a dinner to fill them for one night. This lesson does not include specifics on the art lesson or the dinner plan (which will be unique to each school), but engages students in empathy and advocating for the fundraiser.

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