Grades5-6 Chapter 2 –Values and PrinciplesLesson: Grades 5-6 2.3 Olive’s Ocean Review Take Ten Ground Rule #4; Tell the students that a prize will be awarded at the end of the session for remembering it. Estimated time: 45-50 minutes Materials: xPiece of paper xMarkers, crayons xBumper Sticker worksheet Book: Olive’s Oceanby Kevin Henkes. (pages 17-19) Martha and her family go to stay with her grandmother at the Cape. During her stay Martha deals with the realities of growing up. Objectives: xStudents will explore values and principles.xStudents will select a topic for which they believe in enough to stand up for.Activity: 1.Ask students to take a minute to look at each of their classmates and think if there are any people that maybe they do not have the best relationship with or can think of times when perhaps they are not the nicest to that person. 2.Read the excerpts of Olive’s Oceanby Kevin Henkes. Explain to them that the pages you are about to read to them are based on a telephone conversation between two grade-school friends who are on summer vacation. Read pages 17-19 to them (“A Phone Conversation in Mid-July”)TAKE TEN GROUND RULE #4 No put downs… No name calling.
Grades5-6 Chapter 2 –Values and PrinciplesLesson: Grades 5-6 2.3 3.After reading it, ask students what their reaction to the piece was. a.What do students think of the characters’ reactions to the death of Olive? b.Did they think they could have been nicer to Olive? c.One of the characters refers to Olive as having been weird. What makes a person “weird” in your class or groups of friends?d.Is it bad to be “weird”?e.What do we value in our friends? f.Do you have rules on how you treat your friends and how they treat you? 4.Think of one person whom you could do something nice for because you may have not always been as kind as you could be to them. 5.Take out a piece of paper to create an “action plan” answering the following questions: a.Who I can do something for to show I care…b.What I can do for him/her…c.What I need to do in order for this to happen…d.When I will have this done (date) 6.Discuss with students how Martha wished she would have been nicer to Olive and at one point in the story, mentions that she should have “stood up for her” when others were mean to Olive. What is an issue you feel passionate about “standing up for,” or something you believe needs to happen to make the world, your home, school, or community a better place? 7.Ask students why some people put bumper stickers on their car…(to make a funny joke, stand up for something, advertisement, etc.) Focus on the idea of using a bumper sticker to stand up for an issue. Handout the bumper sticker activity sheet and have students design a bumper sticker based on their idea of what they will stand up for. When finished, show to classmates and allow a minute to explain why students chose what they did to stand up for.