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Cooperation is the theme of this classic story that provides a framework for discussions about kindness and empathy. The selfishness of other community members does not discourage the Little Red Hen from completing the household chores all by herself. When all of her hard work and perseverance result in a tasty treat she teaches everyone a lesson about the negative consequences of self-centred behavior. This book and the accompanying lesson plan from "Learning to Give" will encourage students to be more sensitive to the feelings of others as they discover the true meaning of community.
This book supports outcomes related to citizenship and developing self awareness of the roles and responsibilities of individuals in communities. Students will also be able to discuss and support various viewpoints through meaningful dialogue about concepts like selfishness.
Learning about the bread-making process could be further developed into an empathy building project in which students work with parent volunteers to bake and serve bread at a local soup kitchen. A class could also develop a collaborative program to address school bullying or volunteer with a local multicultural organization to become “buddies” to refugee children attending the school.
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