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.
Two Thirty-Minute Class Periods, plus time to distribute books
The learner will:
Write words randomly on the beach ball:
Gather the children and distribute peanuts to them. (Warning: Be sure no students in the class are allergic to peanuts!)
Have the children eat the peanuts. Ask the children if they know how peanuts are grown and what they are good for other than eating. After they respond, tell them you are going to read a story about a very important man whose work was very important to us all. Read A Weed is a Flower by Aliki.
Physical Education: Play an active game with the children to encourage team-building and to help the children expend physical energy before settling down with books.
Writing: Have students write a note and slip it inside one of the donated books. The note may include a greeting, information about why they like the book, who they are, and the name of their school (no personal contact information).
Math: Have students sort the books into meaningful categories. Have them resort the books into different categories. Discuss the best way to sort them before presenting to the partner organization.
Youth Voice: Encourage students to help organize the event to make it more meaningful. They may suggest how to organize the book presentation, any shared treats, and what partner organization they work with.
Lesson Developed By:Betsy Flikkema
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