Use the C.R.O.S.S.ROADS™ Decision-making worksheet to work through the choice/s evident in any of the videos or stories below. Example: C.R.O.S.S.ROADS™ worksheet for Three Questions Story: Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy (Simplified Version)
2) Use the Elementary D.R.E.A.M. Checklist to identify any of the five D.R.E.A.M. steps in the videos or stories below. (Option for student copies: D.R.E.A.M. Checklist x2 printable)
Discuss how these elements are evident.
PreK – 3
Use the C.R.O.S.S.ROADS™ Goal Setting process to take learners through the choices the main characters make in the following stories:
1)The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
Ages 4-8 A curious boy named Liam lives in a city without gardens or trees, everyone spends time indoors. When Liam discovers a lonely, struggling garden on an old abandoned railway he decides to help the plants grow, never imagining what his curiosity is starting. This is a gem of a book about how one person’s passion transform a city and change the world.
- The Curious Garden by Peter Brown 7:57 min. video of book
- The Curious Garden Read Aloud 4:50 min.
- Free Color Pages from the Book The Curious Garden
- Pre-school gardening lesson plan - has incredible resources including daily plans with links to specific songs, crafts, activities, etc.
- Preschool Plan It Planting Seeds Theme - Website with great lesson plan and resources
- Plants and Gardening Theme Ideas - Thematic Unit, Plant and Flower Activities: , Lang Arts, Math, and Art with printables, etc. PreK-1
- Learning To Give Kids Can Make A Difference Lessons K, 1, 2
2) The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth 6:13 min. Read Aloud of the book
Inner peace can be elusive even for adults, yet that really is the main topic of J. Muth’s latest children’s book. The three questions–what is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do? Turn out to be the lessons for a young boy named Nikolai. This work is based on the story by Leo Tolstoy, but with vivid illustrations and a story children will love.
3) Projects: Learning To Give Kids Can Make A Difference Lessons - Lesson plan
based on the book, The Three Questions. Students identify some community or
school need, formulate, and execute a plan to address it.
Journal Reflection: (Select One)
Have learners draw or write for 3-5 minutes about:
1) I can make a difference by…
2) I would like to
3rd – 5th
Real Life Examples:
1) POWER OF CHILDREN Award Winners - Brief descriptions of boys and girls
across America who are making a difference in their communities and across the
2) Will Lourcey FROGS website - Will Lourcey “Power of Children” Award Winner
Grade 6 (2014-2015 school year)
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Project: FROGs: Friends Reaching Our Goals
A man on a street holding a sign that read “NEED A MEAL” was all seven-year-old Will Lourcey needed to begin his journey of service to others. Will leapt into action to form FROGs: Friends Reaching Our Goals. This team fights hunger in its community by creating fun events designed to raise awareness and money for meals. Will cites “Hits and Kicks Against Hunger” as an example. Students recruited sponsors to pay $1 for every hit or goal scored in youth baseball, softball or soccer games. That resulted in thousands of meals for the hungry.
He has engaged over 2,000 volunteers to help. “We are inspiring kids to recognize they have power: No matter how tall or small you are…YOU can make a BIG difference!” said Will.