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Activity for We Share Everything
We Share Everything
By Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
JK â€“ Grade 1
â€śItâ€™s the very first day of Kindergarten, and Amanda and Jeremiah have a problem. They want to read the same book. They want to play with the same blocks. The teacher wants them to share everything. But when Amanda and Jeremiah take their teacherâ€™s advice, the whole class is in for a hilarious surprise!â€ť (Book Jacket).
In true Robert Munsch-style, this book will have the entire class laughing out-loud as Amanda and Jeremiah learn how to share. It is a perfect read-aloud for storytime sessions, and a great way to introduce the themes of sharing and friendship.
During the story...
- Tip: How you read this story to your children will have a big impact on how it will be received. Be sure to follow the text cues, and place emphasis where emphasis is due. Donâ€™t be afraid to really shout, or put extra panache into the sound effects. â€śBLUMPH!â€ť, â€śGAWCK!â€ť, â€śAAAAAAAAHHHHH!â€ť
- If you still arenâ€™t sure, you can listen to Robert Munsch telling the story to a live audience at the official Robert Munsch website (www.robertmunsch.com).
At the end of the story...
- Ask the children if they share. What kind of things do they like to share? What things do they not like to share? Why do we share?
- Wrap this discussion up with the conclusion that sharing helps us make friends.
These simple, paper bracelets are a quick and easy alternative to braided friendship bracelets. Simply cut out a strip of paper and attach it to your wrist with a small piece of clear tape.
- Print the attached template or design your own using basic lines and shapes.
- Explain to the children that they are going to make friendship bands â€“ one for themselves, and one for a friend. They can share it with someone in the class or take it home.
- Provide examples! Show a few finished products using a range of colours to get everyoneâ€™s interest and attention. The stars and squares pattern can also be used to incorporate names or initials into the band.
- Demonstrate how to cut the bands out, using safety scissors.
- When the demonstration is complete, give each student a sheet of paper with two band outlines on it.
- Allow the children to colour and decorate the bands with whatever materials are on hand (markers, crayons, coloured pencils, glitter, etc).
- Once decoration is complete, cut the bands out and attach with tape.
** An alternative option is to use coloured string or yarn with large plastic beads and other threadable decorations. Pre-measure lengths of yarn/string, and give each table or group of children a small cup/bowl of plastic beads. Allow them to string their beads onto the thread and then simply tie their new friendship bracelets into place!
A fun colouring activity for all ages.
- Ask children to draw a picture of their friend. It can be someone in the room, or a friend from home. They can use their imagination as much as they like.
- Make as many art supplies available as suitable.
- You can use the template provided or simply give children a blank page.
- Have children write two words to describe their friend. It may be helpful to brainstorm possible descriptors as a class beforehand. Post these words on the blackboard for children to refer to.
- Example: My friend isâ€¦. nice, kind, funny, silly, friendly, tall, short, etc., My friend likesâ€¦. to paint, draw, read, play baseball, skip, etc.
If your kids loved this story, try out these other great reads by Robert Munsch:
- The Dark
- Murmel Murmel Murmel
- The Paper Bag Princess
- I Have to Go
- 50 Below Zero
- Davidâ€™s Father
- Millicent and The Wind