Nia didn’t perceive how much Alfie appreciated her, but when the story shifts to Alfie’s point of view, it’s clear how much Nia means to Alfie. Give students a chance to appreciate one another and show how even small gestures can make a difference. Share the things you notice and appreciate students doing to model the idea of appreciating others. Then ask students to write positive messages, notes of thanks, or messages of appreciation or encouragement to fellow students as they notice the things their classmates say and do to support each other every day. Have a special box available to collect their writing and make time to regularly read them aloud at the end of the school day.
How can you learn about the perspective of someone else?
How can you learn about the perspective of an animal?
What can help you better understand different points of view?
What happens when you step into someone else’s shoes?
Was there ever a time where you saw something one way and someone in your family or a friend saw it differently?
What makes you feel appreciated by your friends and your family?
How do you like to show appreciation and gratitude to others?
Turtle Time text set from Newsela
Librarian’s Quest: A Conversation with Thyra Heder
Project Wild from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
Reading Is Fundamental support materials
Mossy by Jan Brett
Emma’s Turtle by Eve Bunting
Thanks a Million by Nikki Grimes
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
Ten Things I Love About You by Daniel Kirk
I Am Loved by Nikki Giovanni
Giving Thanks by Jake Swamp
Best Friends (Owen And Mzee) by Isabella and Craig Hatkoff
Margaret and Margarita / Margarita y Margaret by Lynn ReiserMore