This week, we are taking care of some holiday shopping during second and third grade lessons. Using the book, “The Gift of Nothing,” by Patrick McDonnell, we are thinking about meaningful gifts we can give to our loved ones. While everyone loves to receive presents we can hold and play, sometimes, the best gifts don’t have to be purchased at all. Simply spending meaningful time with a loved one can be as or even more appreciated than any tangible present.
For our lesson, each student planned their own “Gift of Nothing.” From baking with a parent to watching a sibling’s favorite movie, our students considered all of the details of the time they would spend with their loved one. They are bringing these gifts home and hopefully will be giving them out over the holiday season.
If you are interested, you and your family can give more “Gifts of Nothing.” Simply click on the link below to download the “Gift of Nothing” worksheet. Once it is finished, you can fold the paper in half, decorate the outside, and give it with your other gifts this holiday season.
Enjoy, and happy holidays!
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