The Giving Tree Character Analysis

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The Giving Tree By: Shel Silverstein
(PB), (F/F)
A little boy would always play, climb on the tree, and would eat the apples. But eventually the boy got older and would stop visiting the tree. Then the boy went back and asked for things like money and then a house. The boy cut off the tree branches for a house. The boy then asked for a boat so the tree said to cut down his trunk. Then the tree had nothing to offer and was an old stump. Then the boy sat on the stump and rested.
Activities:
1. Define frienship and how it relates to this book. 2. Draw their own tree anyway they would like. 3. Discuss how cutting down trees could hurt the enviroment.

The Little Engine That Could By: Watty Piper
(PB), (T/T)
There was a train that carried
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They play sports and play with toys and there was some accidents. His friend is injured and his mom takes care of him. It ends with explaining that it is good to have friends but having some alone time is okay too.
Activities:
1. Talk as a class what it means to be a good friend. 2. Talk about what was good and what was bad features of a friend. 3. Play a game like “heads up seven up” as a classroom.

My Brother Sam is Dead By: James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier
(CB)
I read this book in the 6th grade but I think it can be read in 5th grade. It talks about history and real life situations. Even though this can be touchy subjects, I believe 5th graders can handle it. Sam is a young boy who has decided to enlist for the rebel army. It is told by the younger brother Tim. It is held in 1775 during the Revolutionary War. This book tells the story of a family who is torn apart through war. These are real life experiences.
Activities:
1. Give a history lesson about the Revolutionary War. 2. Explain what life was like in 1775. 3. Make a pretend trial going over Sam’s case. Split the class in half for against Sam and for Sam. Decide if he is guilty or not guilty. Figure out if the punishment should have been different if found
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