Students participate in a shared-reading experience of a literature book that illustrates the importance of feeling like an important member of the community within a family. In this story, the middle child feels left out. The child tries to get attention by being extremely noisy. When that doesn't work, she leaves. Her family notices how quiet it is and realizes how much she means to them.
Students will hear a story that illustrates how a big sister feels about her baby brother. Lilly doesn't like her baby brother because he smells bad and isn't the playmate she thought he would be. She does everything in her creative power to ruin him. In the end, when a cousin agrees with Lilly, Lilly suddenly realizes that she loves Julius. Children will discuss how to treat younger children.
This lesson will introduce vocabulary terms spend, save and donate. As a class, they will discuss, sing and perform the song “You Can Bank on Me. ” The students will learn reasons that people choose to donate.
Each student will make a personal bank for home and decide how they will spend the money they collect—for saving, spending or donating. Bring the money the class collected to the charity of their choice (see Attachment One: Decision-Making Model from Lesson Three: Decision-Making Model).
The purpose of this lesson is for the students to work cooperatively and recognize behaviors that help them learn. Students will recognize and sort different coins as well as state their face value. They will group coins to make a dollar.
Students will use a decision-making model to decide where to donate their collected money. They will evaluate what is most important to them and list possible choices. Based on the decision-making process, the class will come to consensus on how to spend money earned together.
Students will compare two very different approaches to moneysaving for a special purchase and spending it thoughtlessly. The students will relate this to their own views of money.
Fairy tales are great stories for helping students work out complicated moral issues in a make-believe context. Found in countries all around the world, the same story plays out in different contexts. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters is a Cinderella story from Africa in which kindness, generosity, honesty, and love are rewarded and selfishness is punished.
Through a shared literature experience, students will gain understanding of a portion of African-American history. They will explore the concepts of slavery, respect, and giving time or talent to improve the lives of others.
To expose students to literature that reinforces the concept of unconditional kindness and demonstrates the idea that a good deed done for others will come back to you. The story also reinforces the days of the week.