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The Story of The Giving Tree

Suggested Grade Level

Suggested Values

Suggested Subject Matter

2 Sacrifice English/Language Arts/Social Studies

Students will:
• Define the word sacrifice.
• Provide examples of sacrifice in their communities and lives.
• Describe sacrifices they have made in their own lives.
• Describe reasons sacrifice is valued in society.

Introductory Activity:
The students will watch a Disney Clips video, which features sacrifices in Disney movies. The class will
do a pair-share to discuss the sacrifices that were observed in the video. A whole group discussion will
follow the pair-share.

Small Group Activity:
The teacher will read the book The Giving Tree to the students. The group will then work together
to answer the following questions:

1. How did the tree show sacrifice?
2. What happened at the end of the story to the tree?
3. What is the ultimate sacrifice?
4. Is sacrifice a way to show love?
5. Why do people sacrifice?
6. Have you seen someone sacrifice for someone else?
7. What is a sacrifice that you could do?
8. Does sacrificing make you a hero?

Concluding Activity:
Brainstorm examples of sacrifice they see in other movies, books or in their everyday lives. Students should
be prepared to share their examples in the next class period.

Teacher observation

Extended Activities:
Brainstorm ways that students can show sacrifice in their own lives (fundraiser, volunteering, etc.)

Lead them to understand that all of them gave up a part of themselves for the greater good of their country
or their military brethren as a sacrifice.

Introduction to Sacrifice with Disney:
Big Hero 6 Sacrifice:

Quotes on the focus core value:
Think about the past and consider the sacrifices men and women in the military have made for us.
- Gary G. Wetzel, Army-Vietnam War