Take Me Back Tuesday - Teaching Compassion at Christmas Time

26 November 2013
Teaching my students to be compassionate is one of my goals.  I hope they leave my class knowing that they can make the world a better place.   I especially like to focus on this around the holidays.

In the spirit of giving, I have donated a file to the Central Illinois Tornado Victim Fundraiser.  The bundle will be available starting December 1st.  Please, follow the store to get alerted to when the product is posted.

The following "take me back" post is from December 4, 2011.

This character education unit utilizes picture books to teach children about being compassionate.  I developed this unit because I wanted my students to appreciate all the good that is in their lives and to inspire them to empathize with and want to help people who are less fortunate.  This unit includes one formal lesson plan aligned to the Common Core Standards for grades K-2 and seven informal lessons.  The unit includes nine writing/extension activities/printables, plus a Venn Diagram that can be made to compare any of the books utilized in the unit.  I also include a bibliography and sample parent letter.
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Here are some of the picture books I utilize for this unit.
*The Lady in the Box and Christmas Soup seems to be out of print.  I originally borrowed them from my local library and then bought a copies, so check your library first.

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  1. This is such a sweet post...I love these ideas and the books look fab.
    Just Reed!

  2. What a great post. I probably can't post a "take me back" link since I've only been at it for a couple of weeks. Love your blog!


    Always Adapting

  3. I bought Erica's Teaching Compassion At Christmastime last year and 7 of the books as well. It was one of my FAVORITE units I've bought and my students loved every lesson I taught from it! It is magical and you can definitely "feel" the compassion from it. I highly recommend it!! :)
    Happy Thanksgiving,


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