- What does it mean to share?
- Why should you share?
- What happens if we don't share? How do you feel when someone won’t share with you?
Discuss with students what sharing means. Review the discussion points with the students. The teacher may want to share their own examples of when he/she shared.
- Demonstrate what it looks like to share. Provide an example; such as allowing your neighbor to borrow your crayons or splitting your cookies with your friends.
- The group should form a circle. Ask a question and allow students to toss a bean bag to those who would like to answer the question.
- Play tic-tac-toe by dividing the group into teams. Write discussion questions on a post-it note and place them on the tic-tac-toe grid. Allow a representative from the team to select a post-it note and as a team develop an answer to the question. If they get it right they may put their teams marker (x or o) on the grid.
Possible activities to review the discussion points:
- Option 1: Print the Student Activity Sheet for each student. Complete the lesson as a group and assign the activity sheet to the students.
- Option 2: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and post to your Learning Management System (if your school has one) or send the link to the student. The student may complete the activity sheet electronically within the classroom on a shared computer or device.
- Option 3: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and send the link to the student. The student may access the link from a home computer, chromebook, iPad or other device.
Place the following sentence starters on the board. In the large group, complete the following statements about sharing.
Ask students if they have ever had something that someone else wanted. How did that make them feel? Did they share what they had? Why or why not? Tell students that you are going to read a story about a fish that had something another fish wanted. Encourage them to listen carefully to see how the fish each felt and acted towards each other.
- The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. Available on Youtube here
Read The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.
After reading the book, discuss how the rainbow fish felt about sharing. Did the rainbow fish make the best choice? Why do you think that? Discuss how giving benefits both the giver and the receiver.
Activity Extension - Optional
Draw a large fish on a poster board. Have each student draw and color a scale using a limited number of colored pencils, markers and/or crayons (provide less than the number of students)-other art supplies may be used/provided at teacher discretion. Place each child’s scale on the poster board until the fish is covered in scales. Ask the students if the fish activity requires them to share. Have students explain their answers.
As a group, develop a list of situations when sharing is important. Record the list on the board for all to see.
- Chart paper or Interactive Board
Review the key points from Activities 1 and 2. Allow students time to complete Student Activity Sheet A. Discuss when finished.
- Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
- Pencil for each student
Directions: Draw a picture of a time you had to share but didn’t really want to.
Explain that a script is a form of writing; a dialogue between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Utilizing the immersive reader students should listen carefully as the teacher plays the example script below. Replay the script if needed. Allow students time to complete Student Activity Sheet B and share.
- Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per student
- Pencil for each student
After students have finished, allow those that want to share their comic do so or role play one of the example scripts.
Read Aloud Recommendations: Completing a read aloud with students is a great way for them to see and learn social skills as well as incorporating reading skills. Below are some books that could be used to reinforce the concept. Read and discuss as appropriate for level and as time allows throughout the lesson.
- Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Williems
- Feathers for Peacock, Feathers for Peacock
- It’s Mine, Lionni, Leo
- Julia Loves Dolls, Hass, Sally
- Llama, Llama Time to Share, Dewdney, Anna
- Mine! Mine! Mine!, Becker, Shelly
- Not Fair, Won’t Share, Graves, Sue
- Share and Take Turns, Meiners, Cheri J.
- Sharing a Shell, Donaldson, Julia
- Sharing is Caring, Amon, Uncle
- Should I Share My Ice Cream?, Willems, Mo
- The Doorbell Rang, Hutchins, Pat
- The Rainbow Fish, Pfister, Marcus
Directions: Draw a comic to match the script you listened to.
In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating how to share appropriately. Use the script sheet to assist the groups in creating scripts.
- Script sheet for each group
- Pencil for each student
Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remind students to name and save their recordings. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.
Ideas for modifying this activity based on your students’ needs:
- create a script as a class
- pair or group students so that skill levels are varied and assign each a role or task that uses their skill
- create the script by recording the dialog with a phone or other recording device.
Review the key points from previous activities. Allow students time to complete the Student Topic Checkout. Discuss answers when finished. Discuss answers as a group when finished.
- Student Topic Checkout - 1 per student
- A pencil for each student
Directions: Check or circle the best answer to show if each situation demonstrates sharing.