- Children will define the word purpose and the word gift.
- Children will identify a personal purpose that makes them unique.
- Children will identify their favorite part of the story.
- Children will draw and share their purpose or gift with the class.
Standards in Focus:
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.4 Determine or clarify the meaing of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on kindergarten reading and content.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K1. Produce and expand complete sentences in shared language activities
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.4a Identify new meanings for familiar words and apply them accurately (e.g., knowing duck is a bird and learning the verb to duck).
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.6 Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5c Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., note places at school that are colorful).
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.10 Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.4 Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
Duration: 40-45 minutes
- Storybook: “Purpose Finds His Gift”
- Paper, crayons or markers
- Read the story, “Purpose Finds His Gift” with the class. Review key words from the story, including purpose and gift. Ask children to describe what the words mean, then give them the following definitions: A purpose is the reason that something exists, or the reason that someone does something. A gift is something given freely, or a special talent.
- Explain that each child has a special talent to share with the world. Have children stand up and tell them you are going to play a game. Explain that you will ask a question. If children have that special talent, they should act it out to show you. For example, you might say things like, “Who can jump up and down? Who can paint pictures? Who can be a good friend? Who can sweep the floor? Who can tell jokes? Who has a special smile? Who can take care of animals? Who has a great smile? Who can sing well?”
- Ask each child to think about a special talent, or gift, that he or she can share with others. Give a few examples, like “My purpose is to help children learn” or “My gift is my creativity.” Have children draw a picture to show their special talent or gift. Help each child write a sentence to describe the picture. Use the phrase, “My purpose is to __________” or “My gift is my _________.”
- Have children share their drawings with the class. Help children read their sentences, too. Hang the pictures around the classroom.
- Children will recall their favorite part of the story.
- Children will tell the meaning of purpose and gift in their own words.
- Children will show at least one gift they have by acting it out in the game.
- Children will draw then describe their gift or purpose.
Cross-curricular Activity Suggestions:
Language – Introduce children to new words from the story. Create word flash cards with pictures for children to recognize the new words. You might include words like, tree, star, ocean, gift, forest, face, toes, and night. Ask children to identify a rhyme for each new word. Have children use the picture flash cards to make up their own story. Ask children to imagine other characters that Purpose might encounter (e.g., a flower, a bird, a mountain) – what would be special about that character?
Math – Have three or four children stand tall and still like the trees. Ask the class which “tree” is the tallest, which tree is the shortest, or which trees are about the same height. Have each child hold up 1-10 fingers to represent leaves. Ask the class to identify which “tree” has the most “leaves”, the fewest leaves, or which trees have the same number of leaves. Count the leaves with the class. How many leaves are there altogether? Add more leaves or take away (subtract) some leaves and count again.
Creativity/Art – Have the class create their own bright stars. Teach children how to draw a star, or provide each child with a pre-cut star. Allow children to decorate both sides of the star with glow-in-the-dark paint, stickers, or markers. Hang the stars from the ceiling in the classroom and darken the room to see their brightness. Optional: Give each child a glow stick, darken the room, and ask them to dance around the room in whatever way they choose.
Pretend Play – Act out the story of “Purpose Finds His Gift” with the class. Assign each child a character from the story. Allow several children to play the role of the tree. Have the children stand tall and still, then ask them to sway in the breeze. Do the same with the other characters – have children move like waves while making a swooshing sound, have children wiggle their fingers as if they are twinkling like the stars. Encourage children to move in their own creative ways, too. Add props or costumes to your role play, like paper leaves and glow-in-the-dark stars.
Music & Movement – Sing the song, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” with the class. Add finger play actions as you sing. Sing “Five Little Monkeys Swinging from a Tree” or play a CD of ocean sounds. Have children dance, move, and sing along. Have children sway, spin, wiggle, ripple, and wave. Ask them to move fast and slow, and encourage them to move different parts of the body.
Science – Plant some flower seeds! Explain to children that part of their purpose in the world is to keep nature beautiful. Work with children to dig, plant seeds, add dirt, put the plant in sunlight, and water the plant. You may work together as a group to plant a tree, or give each child a cup to create smaller plants.
Nutrition – Make an ocean snack for children with berry blue Jell-o and goldfish crackers or fish-shaped fruit snacks. Make star-shaped bread with a cookie cutter and let children add their favorite jelly flavor on top. Make pretzel stick trees, spread some cream cheese on one end then roll in sunflower seeds (for leaves).