Sharing and Caring
What is sharing
- Sharing is giving, service, love,
- Sharing is kindness, generosity,
Ways to show you care and can
- With your actions
- With your words
- With your thoughts
- With material gifts
- You might make your parents' bed, rake
leaves off the lawn, tutor a younger child, open a door for
someone, or sit with someone unpopular at lunch.
- Spend an hour listening to a lonely
- Be helpful and kind to someone who needs a
With your words
- Say kind things to and about other
- Offer advice when it's wanted and sympathy
when it's needed.
- Don't spread gossip, rumors, or cruel
stories, even if they are true.
- Sometimes silence is golden; sometimes the
kindest words are those that aren't spoken.
- Positive thoughts and prayers can be very
- You can do an act of kindness for another
person merely by thinking good thoughts about him or
- Other people will feel the positive
thoughts you sent their way.
- Try giving household items to the homeless
or poor, donating trees to your community, buying a shirt for your
brother or chocolates for a friend.
- Don't limit your gifts to special occasions
(charity drives, birthdays, holidays).
- Give when you're in the mood and when
you're not. Do it just because.
- Write in your journal about a time when
someone was kind to you or did a service for you. How did you
- Read a biography about a famous
philanthropist - someone who has dedicated his or her life to
improving the lives of others.
- Learn about the welfare
- Research how other countries have cared for
their citizens through history in times of greatest need such as
disasters, wars, poverty, illness.
- Do a "secret service" or a project in which
you do something nice for others without telling
- Write your own "random acts" of sharing
- Brainstorm a list of possible needs and
wants for various people. Help fulfill those
- Start a kindness "chain
- Write a skit about sharing and ways to
- Make "I Care" kits - for a new student, for
people who have suffered a misfortune such as a loss of a pet,
- Collect songs about caring and
- Be a caring team player. Brainstorm ways to
support team members when they make mistakes, have poor skills, or
insult each other.
Start a service
- Research your project.
- Form a team.
- Find a sponsor.
- Make a plan.
- Consider the recipient.
- Decide where you will perform your
- Get any permissions you need to
- Fund-raise if necessary.
- When your project has ended, evaluate it.
Reflect and see what has been accomplished. Are there things that
can be improved the next time?
For Grades K-3
The Giving Tree - Silverstein
One Gift Deserves Another - Oppenheim
Tit for Tat - Van Woekrom
Harriet's Halloween Candy - Carlson
One of Each - Hoberman
The Boy Who Dreamed of an Acorn - Casler
Dragon Scales and Willow Leaves - Givens
The Mitten Tree - Christiansen
The Eagle's Gift - Martin
Alejandro's Gift - Albert
Angel Child, Dragon Child - Surat
The Doorbell Rang - Hutchins
The Legend of the Bluebonnet - De Paola
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry
Bear - Wood
The Mother's Day Mice - Bunting
The Rainbow Fish - Pfister
What Mary Jo Shared - Udry
The Velveteen Rabbit - Williams
Little Drummer Boy - Davis
Through Grandpa's Eyes - MacLachlan
Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas - Hoban
Apple Picking Time - Slawson
How Many Days to America? - Bunting
Want to Play - Moss
Thomas the Tank Engine books - Awdry
Ribbon Rescue - Munsch
The Table Where Rich People Sit - Baylor
Giving - Hughes
Sam and the Lucky Money - Chinn
The Book of Giving: Poems of Thanks, Praise, and Celebration -
For Grades 3-6
A Christmas Carol - Dickens
The Value of Sharing: the Story of the Mayo Brothers -
Dominic - Steig
The Gift of the Magi - O'Henry
The Patchwork Quilt - Flournoy
Robin Hood - Pyle
Sarah, Plain and Tall - MacLachlan
Summer of the Monkeys - Rawls
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar & Six More -
Guests - Dorris
Dicey's Song - Voigt
Monkey Island - Fox
Sarah Bishop - O'Dell
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