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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

Objectives
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.

Assessment:
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.

Resources:
Introduction to Sacrifice with Disney: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DS0r9_stF8
Big Hero 6 Sacrifice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y20NTiopk4


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