The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree is a story of an apple tree who loved a little boy. Over the course of the boy's life, the tree gives and gives to the boy. The fact that the boy is happy, makes the tree happy, but as the tree gives, she loses a part of herself. At the end of the story, the tree has is reduced to a stump. At this point, the boy has become an old man who is just seeking a quiet place to rest. The tree happily gives to the boy again, and lets him rest on her stump.


Students could could use this story to create their own giving tree out of construction paper. On each leaf, the students could write a way that they can be nice to other people.


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