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The Gift of Sacrifice

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Second Sacrifice

30 minutes

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

Materials Needed:

Introductory Activity:
Have students watch the Character Club Sacrifice video. Then, have students do a think-pair-share to discuss the sacrifices they observed in the video. Follow with a full class discussion.

Small Group Activity:
Read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein to the students. Have students work together to answer the following questions:

  • How did the tree show sacrifice?
  • What happened to the tree at the end of the story?
  • What is the ultimate sacrifice?
  • Is sacrifice a way to show love?
  • Why do people sacrifice?
  • Have you seen someone sacrifice for someone else?
  • What is a sacrifice that you could make?
  • Does sacrificing make you a hero?

Concluding Activity:
Have students brainstorm examples of sacrifice they have seen in movies, books, or in their everyday lives. Students should be prepared to share their examples the next class period.

Participation in class discussion