One Love teaches to Love Your Neighbor
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One Love teaches to Love Your Neighbor

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Book Title: One Love

Author: Cedella Marley

Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton

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Book Summary:

Adapted from one of Bob Marley's most beloved songs, One Love brings the joyful spirit and unforgettable lyrics of his music to life for a new generation. Readers will delight in dancing to the beat and feeling the positive groove of change when one girl enlists her community to help transform her neighborhood for the better. Adapted by Cedella Marley, Bob Marley's first child, and gorgeously illustrated by Vanessa Newton, this heartwarming picture book offers an upbeat testament to the amazing things that can happen when we all get together with one love in our hearts.

Enduring Understandings:

  • We must love ourselves. 
  • We must love our neighbors. 
  • We can show love through kind and thoughtful actions, teamwork, and helping one another123

Essential Questions:

  • What does it mean to be a neighbor? 
  • In what ways can we show love for others? 
  • In what ways can we show love for ourselves?

Be Inspired:The ideas included are offered as starting points as you and your students explore, discover and live the lessons. Be sure to elicit and encourage student and parent participation, consistently reinforcing the value being addressed. Allow lessons to authentically develop and change based on engagement and interests.

Lesson Plan Components

For the educatorJewish Thought, Text, and Traditionsmore

The Torah commands us: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). Because humanity was created in the image of G-d, b’tzelem Elohim, we show disrespect for G-d when we show disrespect to our fellow human beings. Hence, we are obligated to treat everyone with respect. Judaism teaches us to celebrate each individual’s uniqueness and affirm their divine worth. While this value of v’ahavta l’reacha kamocha (loving your neighbor as yourself) does not involve specific actions like many of our biblical precepts, it does call for a type of attitude. It demands we think about people in a particular way. To love our neighbor as ourselves means we behave towards others in the way that we would want them to treat us. Therefore, the value of v’ahavta l’reacha kamocha offers the foundation for understanding moral behavior. Our tradition teaches that the great sage Rabbi Akiva is attributed to saying that Judaism is a religion that cherishes, above all else, treating people well. According to Akiva, compassion for the other is at the heart of Judaism (Jerusalem Talmud, Nedarim 9:4; Sifra, Kedoshim 4:12).

Questions for Reflection

  1. What does it mean to love your neighbor?  
  2. What does it mean to love yourself?  
  3. Why do you think that this value reflects more of a certain attitude than of certain actions?  
  4. How can you incorporate the value of v’ahavta l’reacha kamocha within your classroom setting?

Jewish every dayIncorporate Jewish Valuesmore

Materials and resourcesmore

Sharing The Storymore

Introducing The story

Ask students to describe what or who they love. Create a chart to document their ideas of what/who they love and how they show that love.
Take a Picture Walk through the book. What predictions can students make?

Reading The Story

Share the story, pausing to discuss student questions. Consider singing the song to the tune of Bob Marley’s song with the same name. Ask the students to look for patterns, and at the conclusion of sharing it, ask students to describe what patterns emerged in the book.
Support the student’s understanding that “One Love, One Heart- Let’s get together and feel all right” repeats, explaining that this is often called a ‘chorus’ in the song. Pause and ask students to share the chorus of their favorite tunes. Share the story a second time, asking children to join in the chorus and pausing to discuss the ways that love is demonstrated.
Discussion Questions Might Include:

  • How does this character feel? What makes you say that? 
  • How do you think you feel in that situation? Which of these tasks could you do today? One day soon?

After The Story

Now, let’s see if we can write and illustrate a new verse of our song about love, inspired by the melody of Bob Marley using the words and ideas we discussed (see Before activity) and exploring how Jewish people can love their neighbor as themselves. In small groups, students will write, in English, and illustrate new words to a song about love, describing the ways that people show love to themselves and to their neighbors. The verses will still end in “One Love, One Heart- Lets get together and feel allright”

The Torah states the mitzvah of “Love your neighbor as yourself” in the positive, “And you shall love your neighbor as you love yourself, ” whereas Hillel in talmud Shabbat 31a teaches the principle from a negative perspective, “Whatever is hateful to you, do not do to your friend.” What do you think Hillel is trying to teach? Do these statements say the same thing or are the messages different?

Create a chart that helps students recognize the myriad ways they can display and demonstrate love to each person/place/thing. Have students brainstorm all the ways they can think of (see examples) and then ask each student to select and illustrate one to add to a class mural, "One Love" (or “V’ahavtah L’Reiecha Kamocha  - Love Your Neighbor As Yourself”

Ways We Can Show Love

To Another Child

To Our  Parents

To Our Neighbors

To Our Teachers

To our Pets

To  Ourselves

To  the Earth

Sharing favorite games or toys

Showing Respect


Mishloach Manot

Listening when they speak

Feeding them before we eat

Eating healthy foods

Planting seeds


Explain to students that today, this class is going to look at a prayer called the V’ahavta. What do we know about this prayer already?

Facilitate discussion to activate background knowledge (if a student doesn’t suggest it, point out the familiar word ‘ahava’).

Today, we are going to take a closer look at the V’ahavta. Looking at the The v’ahavta can help us to understand the ways we can show our love to God.

Pass Out Text Sheet: You shall love Adonai your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. Take to heart these instructions with which I charge you this day. Impress them upon your children. Recite them when you stay at home and when you are away,when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them serve as a symbol on your forehead; Inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Thus you shall remember to observe all My commandments and to be holy to your God. I am Adonai, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God: I am Adonai your God

Please highlight every verb you can find, every action word.

Share: “In The V’ahvata, we can discover very real, do-able ways to show our love to G-d. Let;s read the words aloud, slowly, and I’d like you to say the words you highlighted, the action words, with a louder, more powerful tone of voice. Please don’t yell or scream, simply emphasize the ‘doing’ of love.”

Now, let’s check back with the list we brainstormed before we looked at the text. What needs to be added? Does anything need to be removed? Do you think that some of the ideas can be correct, even if this prayer text doesn’t mention them?

Facilitate discussion.

Now, let’s see if we can write and illustrate a new verse of our song about love, inspired by the melody of Bob Marley using the words and ideas found in our prayer.

In small groups, students will write, in English, and illustrate new words to a song about love, describing the ways that Jewish people show love to G-d.


Explore, Discover, and More Extension and Reinforcement Activitiesmore

Music Connectionsmore


Try a rhythmic painting project: Play the song on the device of your choice and ask children to paint or draw what the music makes them think and feel. Ask them to explain their work and write their explanation for them before you put them on display.

Here are a few examples:
“My love is growing”

“Each brush stroke is a different beat”

Evidence of Learningmore

Students are able to articulate different ways that love can be displayed in a variety of types of relationships.

Students can explain the meaning of V’ahavta.


Love Song

Take a video of the children singing their original verses of their “One Love” song and share the clip with the community. If appropriate, share their songs during a prayer experience for children before or after V’ahavta is chanted.

Spread the love!

Have students write a “love”  letter to the person of their choosing, expressing their feelings for that person.

literature connectionsmore

TitleAuthorIllustratorBook Summary
26 Big Things Small Hands Do Coleen ParatoreMike ReedGo beyond “A is for Apple” with an alphabet book that builds character. As children learn and review their ABCs, they discover positive actions they can perform with their own small hands—like applauding, building, giving gifts made with love, helping, planting, recycling, and volunteering. These are simple things even toddlers can do for themselves and others. The message throughout is that everyone, no matter how young or how small, can make a difference in the lives of those around them. The book ends with big hands clapping.
How Kind! Mary Murphy Repetitive text demonstrates kindness as each animal in the book does something nice for another animal. Children learn that good feelings are shared as a kind deed is done deliberately.
Giving Shirley Hughes The concept of giving and the concept of receiving are addressed with wry humor.
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Lesson Contributors

Lesson Author: Alison Westermann, El Paso, Texas, Emily Teck, PJ Schwartz