Unit Overview 

Using literature as a starting point, the students 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 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.

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

Students read and respond to a book about George Washington Carver and his contributions to science. They recognize that contributions to the common good may be in the form of time, talent, or treasure. They share their contribution of books from their book drive or other service project.