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The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree | Shel Silverstein
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This year, as The Giving Tree turns fifty, this timeless classic is available for the first time ever in ebook format. This digital edition will allow young readers and lifelong fans to continue the legacy and love of a household classic that will now reach an even wider audience. Never before have Shel Silverstein's children's books appeared in a format other than hardcover.Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein's poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.Shel Silverstein's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, and of classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit.Supports the Common Core State Standards.
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thejessashmore
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The book has a very powerful message about giving and being selflessly happy with your actions. The illustrations added much more emotion and symbolism to the story, making it more interesting and deep.

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thejessashmore
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and she loved a little boy very, very much - even more than she loved herself.

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thejessashmore
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I would use this book when we talk about community and acts kindness. It is a very cute but powerful book.

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shannontevis
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“And she loved a little boy very very much, even more than herself.“ I think this is a sweet quote and shows how much the tree cares for the boy.

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shannontevis
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This is a book I grew up loving and would definitely include it in my classroom! I also love the simple black and white illustrations, and I think it helps focus on the message of the story.

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shannontevis
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“The Giving Tree“ By Shel Silverstein, 1964. Picture book. This is another classic! I really love this book and think it sends a profound message. I think it's written for both children and adults. The book uses simple language so kids can follow along, but the message of how you shouldn't take advantage of your friends is something both children and adults can relate to.

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silversteain is a P PB about a boy and his love for a tree. The story takes you on a journey through the boy growing up with the tree, and his love for this tree. I would use this book as a PR. An activity for this book can be found here: https://www.education.com/lesson-plan/the-giving-tree-identifying-story-elements...

GroeningsC UDL principal: 1.2 by offering the students to listen to the story
ESOL: 16 by incorporating listening, writing and reading activities
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AlyssaB I did this book as well for one of my posts. I loved reading this book as a kid 2mo
DrSpalding You could definitely partner read the story however you also saw that it makes a good readers theater and possibly a storytelling. 1mo
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alexblanco
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The Giving Tree is a poetry picture book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. I‘ve always loved this book since I was a kid and I just know I‘ll have to have it for my classroom some day. This book is about the relationship between a tree and a boy. He used to visit the tree everyday and as he grew older, he took advantage of the tree but the tree‘s love never faded, despite him growing up. This book would be great for storytelling!

alexblanco A UDL strategy I‘d use would be to develop self assessment and reflection. I chose this because I thought it would be good for the students to reflect and self-assess on this book because it‘s about giving and love which are great concepts. An ESOL strategy I would use would be to use preview/review actives. This way they are familiar and more comfortable with what we are doing. 2mo
alexblanco My website resource is a simple and cute lesson plan https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Giving-Tree-Activity-Set-1417807. I would have the students cut out and color the boy along with write about the story inside of the apple. #ucflae3414f19 2mo
DrSpalding This is much better! Try going to the poet/authors website for a resource here. 1mo
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alexblanco
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The Giving Tree is a poetry picture book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. I‘ve always loved this book since I was a kid and I just know I‘ll have to have it for my classroom some day. This book is about the relationship between a tree and a boy. He used to visit the tree everyday and as he grew older, he took advantage of the tree but the tree‘s love never faded, despite him growing up. This book would be great for storytelling!

DrSpalding There are several required elements missing in this post. 1mo
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Erinehart
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#ucflae3414f19 The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a poetry book written about a boy and his relationship with a tree. This book would be of great use in a classroom library. I would use this book for storytelling and would bring he giving tree to life.

Erinehart The UDL strategy the I find would work for this book is 3.3 “Guide information processing and visualization.“ and an ESOL strategy that I would use is #14 “Simplify your speech by making it slower and redundant.“ A ESOL strategy that I would use with this text is 2.2 “Clarify syntax and structure“; since it is poetry it is important that the student is able to understand how to read the text. (edited) 2mo
Erinehart A great resource for this book is https://msu.edu/~zenkcarl/GT%20lesson%20plan.html, providing different lessons relating to sharing and kindness. (edited) 2mo
DrSpalding This would make an excellent storytelling and I have seen it many times. With that teaching strategy, your principles and strategies align beautifully. 2mo
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AlyssaB
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The Giving Tree written by Shel Silverstein would be a great add to the class library. I love this book as a kid. This book would be a great S. This P book is about a relationship between a young boy and a tree. As the boy becomes an adult the tree rarely sees him but then one day he comes back to ask and ask for so many things such as a house. Read and find out if the tree gives...

AlyssaB An UDL strategy is 4.2 to optimize access to tools and assistive technologies. An ESOL strategy would be 14 simplify your speech by making it slower and redundant. A great resource is https://mrswillskindergarten.com/the-giving-tree-and-more/. #UCFLAE3414F19 3mo
DrSpalding We also saw that this makes a good readers theater. Quality books like this can be used in many ways in your classroom. 1mo
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carlypabin
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A classic, great book about a trees unconditional love for a little boy and the changes throughout the year. She gives all she has to him, destroying herself in the process. A very deep message for young children

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carlypabin
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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (poetry, published 1964) is a classic short story told over time. It doesn‘t rhyme but it has repetition in the words and the event happens over just the tree gives different things each time the boys needs change. It is a great story about unconditional love and the changing needs.

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TristanPool
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“And she loved a little boy very, very much - even more than she loved herself.” Diving into the realm of F/P, The Giving Tree is a heartwarming story, perfect for any S in an elementary classroom. It is aimed towards a tree willing to sacrifice everything she has to provide for and love a small boy who one day grows into a old man. #UCFLAE3414F19

TristanPool https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/giving-tree provides resources designed around The Giving Tree that can be used for whole group instruction and individual work. UDL 3.2 with EL 15 provides students with the opportunity to highlight patterns in a story to promote and enhance comprehension. 3mo
CPettersen A classic story! I loved reading this book as a kid. Great post 3mo
AleciaM This is a great book for children and losts of good ideas in it. 3mo
DrSpalding Keep using reading is fundamental as a resource. Nice alignment. 1mo
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maciforster
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This P picture book is written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. It focuses on the relationship between the boy and tree. When the boy grows up he stops coming around until one day he asks for money from the tree, she gives. He stops showing up once more, only to come back and ask for a house, the tree obliges, though just wanting to play. He doesn‘t come back for a while until he‘s older and asks for a boat... #ucflae3414f19

maciforster She gives him her trunk to create a boat, once more he doesn‘t come back for a while. When he does, the tree is only a stump and has nothing left to offer, but all the boy wanted was to sit. This book could be used as a LC, in which they can go into centers afterward and do the activities that I found at each center: http://www.uniqueteachingresources.com/Giving-Tree-Lesson-Plans.html 3mo
maciforster This could go well with UDL principle 7.2 when finding the significance and EL strategy #16 3mo
kradebaugh I am going to have to read this book. I have read the Wishtree and the Surrender Tree. Thank you for the idea. 3mo
DrSpalding This is a helpful resource. While it is a good read aloud, we also saw that it could be a readers theater. That resource is on the Google site for your use in the future. 2mo
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KevinKantola
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The Giving Tree is a Poetry book written by Shel Silverstein. This is a wonderful kids book teaching the lesson of generosity and the value of gift giving. This book would be great as a RA.#ucflae3414f19

KevinKantola The UDL strategy I would use is Increase mastery-oriented feedback (8.4) to see how the students comprehend the lesson of the book. The ESOL strategy I would use is to continuously check for comprehension among the students so I can see if they understand what is going on. 3mo
MarkZalewski I picked this one too, has a great lesson about selflessness 3mo
DrSpalding It is poetry and it is fantasy. This is an excellent book within excellent message that all children should hear. 1mo
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Come-read-with-me
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Happy Birthday to Shel Silverstein! Your amazing amazing voice taught so much to so many. Thank you for helping everyone recognize there is no need to be a “missing piece.” 🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈

rather_be_reading I love Shel!! 3mo
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Dandan0131
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This traditional book is great for children. It is about a tree that gives everything it has (apples,branches, trunk) to the boy and the boy kept leaving. Finally when the boy was old he came back and spent time with the tree.

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Dandan0131
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This book is one I would use in my classroom. It explains to children that you will always be enough, no matter how much you give, or what you have to give, your time is the most valuable.

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Dandan0131
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“Come boy, climb up my trunk, and swing from my branches.“

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Niaaelizz
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“I wish that I could give you something, but I have nothing left.”

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Niaaelizz
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This book is so sad yet so amazing! Makes you think about being less selfish.

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Niaaelizz
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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, 1964. Picturebook. Throughout this book, we can see simply without even words what is happening! From the beginning of the book the tree is illustrated as being healthy and hearty and by the end, all is left is a stump. The audience can portray from the illustrations just how the child is feeling, how he is growing as the tree is shrinking as this time passes by and so much more.

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“‘I don‘t need very much now,” said the boy “Just a nice place to sit and rest‘”. After taking everything the tree had to offer, the tree was still able to give the boy a place to sit. This moment shows that there is always a way to help someone, even if you have nothing left.

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Lf196117
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This would be great to read to any classroom with elementary students. The book teaches about selfishness, selflessness, caring and giving. What more could you possibly want from this book.

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This book is so great all around. The illustrations are really simple allowing the reader to focus more on the message than the pictures. I always enjoyed this book. It teaches a very powerful message and is a must for any child to read.

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is such an infamous book for teaching love and the difference between wants and needs. This is a great book for a RA which gives the teacher the chance to direct conversation an thinking while reading along. Attached are free printable so found that can also be done while reading! https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/giving-tree. #UCFLAE3414F19

haleyklein A great UDL that aligns is 1.1 which would be shown through the worksheet provided to display understanding of information through unique ways! For the EL alignments I would keep aligned with 13 which provides review activities through out the read aloud! 4mo
Camrynm I love this book!! Review activities are great for children to remember the main concepts in the book. 4mo
BRaulerson I remember this book growing up! This is always a go to in the classroom for young readers! 4mo
abbie-cadabbie I love this book so much! I also used it for one of my Litsy posts. The lessons that this books provides are classic! Great post :-) 4mo
DrSpalding Your English learner strategy is perfect for this particular book as it does come back again and again to the tree! We will be performing a readers theater for this book very soon. 2mo
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Kaylasarka
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“ The forest is my house, but you may cut off my branches and build a house. Then he will be happy.”

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Kaylasarka
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My favorite part about this book was the illustrations and the amount of emotion it brings.

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Kaylasarka
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The giving tree by Shel Silverstein was one of the most emotional kids books I have ever read. It is so adorable yet so sad. The tree keeps giving to the boy until the tree has nothing left to give. But by the time the boy turned into an old man he didn‘t need anything else but to sit and spend time with the tree. This is one of the best children books I have read and will definitely be reading this to my future class.

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cassandram
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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is one the most beloved and controversial children‘s picture book. This P book shares the story of an apple tree and a little boy. In their relationship the boy takes and takes all that the tree can give to him into his old age. Some say this book is too sad for children, while others believe this is a classic that teaches good life lessons. #ucflae3414f19

cassandram I think this would be a great RT book because the style of writing lends itself easily into a conversation between the tree and the boy. A great resource for this book is https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/giving-tree. This site provides different activities you could use such as word searches, booklets, and read alouds. With this story using UDL 9.2 and 9.3 would be great. 4mo
cassandram It provides opportunity for students to reflect on their lives and use the lessons they‘ve learned from the story. Also using ESOL strategy 3, encourage self talk. This would be a great addition to the conversation on self awareness and not taking advantage of others. #ucflae3414f19 4mo
DrSpalding This is truly a classic and as modeled in class it works well with readers theater! Nice alignment and your Reading is fundamental website is excellent. 1mo
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MarkZalewski
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Shel Silverstein‘s The Giving Tree is an emotional children‘s book about the relationship between a boy and a tree through both of their lives. It‘s a great P book that teaches about selflessness and the importance of giving to others.
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MarkZalewski http://www.uniqueteachingresources.com/Giving-Tree-Lesson-Plans.html is a website with lesson plans that use The Giving Tree to teach students about the importance of giving 4mo
MarkZalewski The UDL principle that I would apply to this is 8.3 Foster collaboration and community, as it encourages collaborating and sharing with one another 4mo
KevinKantola That books seems like a must read to me! 😼 4mo
cassandram Great book! I‘ve read this also and after doing research I was surprised that this is actually a controversial book. Some say the theme of the book is too sad for children. Interesting... 4mo
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abbie-cadabbie
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“The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein is a great P book that will impact your readers‘ emotions! This book tells the story of a boy and an apple tree‘s special relationship. It‘s the tree‘s lifelong goal to make sure the boy is always happy. As time goes on, the boy continues to go to the tree for help as his needs increase. This story touches on generosity, selflessness and selfishness making it appropriate for all ages to enjoy in a RA or RT!

abbie-cadabbie This lesson plan provides ways to make this lesson interactive and fun. It includes having the students create graphic organizers. https://www.teachersfirst.com/lessons/givingtree.cfm 4mo
abbie-cadabbie The UDL Guideline I‘d use for this story would be to have them develop self-assessment and reflection (9.3) This can help the students realize how they are and how they treat others. This can teach them to not abuse others‘ kindness and offerings. The ESOL strategy I‘d use would be to teach questioning for clarification (1) This should help my students feel more comfortable with asking questions when needed. 4mo
Shannyblake Hey Abby! I love this book! It always makes me cry! 4mo
DrSpalding Of coarse, read aloud or readers theater as we saw in class. You could add that link to this as a resource. Excellent choice and very thoughtful universal design and English learner explanations. 1mo
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elijahsmith
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“and he would gather the leaves”

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Oddly enough, the illustrations of this book are some of my favorite.

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elijahsmith
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This book was really important to me as a child. I read this book with my parents and it was one of my favorites. It teaches a lesson that everyone needs to grasp. Truly a masterpiece.