Unit Overview 

Using literature as a starting point, the young people discuss the benefits sharing, giving back, and being open to diverse people. They practice sharing in a situation where there is a scarcity of resources, specifically in a book drive.

Service Experience 
In this unit, students carry out a book drive or other service project related to literacy. The book drive has a theme of paying it forward. Students who donate or receive books read them, write their name on a sticker (inside front cover) and pass it on to someone else. The books are donated to a local agency that supports community literacy.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Sharing the Gift of Literacy
Lesson 1 of 5
Grades: 
K
1
2

This lesson is part of a literacy unit that teaches about the importance of community and giving. Students read and respond to the book The Rainbow Fish and think critically about sharing how giving brought more happiness to the Rainbow Fish and harmony to the whole community.

Unit: 
Sharing the Gift of Literacy
Lesson 2 of 5
Grades: 
K
1
2

This lesson introduces the idea of giving back. Students hear an oral retelling of "The Lion and the Mouse" and relate the ability of the mouse to help the lion with the empowerment of children to make a difference.

Unit: 
Sharing the Gift of Literacy
Lesson 3 of 5
Grades: 
K
1
2

This lesson introduces the idea of sharing in a situation where there is a scarcity of resources. The Land of Many Colors is a published book written by children teaches the concept of tolerance of differences. Students discuss how children have the power to make a difference. The teacher introduces the idea of scarcity of books and the issue of literacy.