Give A Little Respect
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Give A Little Respect

Jewish Value:

     Protect Nature,Respect

Lesson Summary:

This lesson comes from, a resource that offers philanthropy education resources that teach giving and civic engagement. This lesson is part of a unit called "This Land is Our Land." The unit s purpose is:  "This unit teaches young students a sense of responsibility to take care of the environment that G-d created. It also demonstrates that even young students have the power to contribute to the community. One main piece of this is the importance of recycling. Students not only learn about the environment and creation, but also perform acts that preserve the environment.

Focus Questions:

  • What is the connection between creation and taking care of the environment?
  • Why is it important to take care of the environment?
  • What is my role in caring for the environment? "

 The purpose stated on the site for this lesson is:

"Although the problems of the environment seem overwhelming, if each person does a little, the problems can be reduced. Even small contributions make an impact on the environment. Students choose ways they can make an impact through their small contributions to the environment: such as cleaning, reducing waste, maintaining gardens, or teaching others"


"In this lesson, the learner will:

  • help with a large task by sharing responsibilities with others.
  • state ways to take care of the environment.
  • recognize that when everyone participates a little, we can share the job of taking care of the environment.
  • participate in a class project to improve the environment.

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.

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List of All Songs

“Do A Little!” by “Miss” Emily Aronoff Teck
Track # 1 from Good Choices, Volume 1

Inspiration Text

Rabbi Tarfon used to say, “It is not your obligation to complete the task, but neither are you at liberty to desist from it entirely…” -Pirke Avot 2:16


Use pointing fingers and motion to encourage interactivity and physical engagement while you listen to the tune. It gets trickier when the songs speeds up!
Point to a boy on the word he, to a girl on the word she, and then use both pointing fingers to point to multiple children. Make a plus sign by crossing the forearms for adds to a lot.
Point to any person for you and to yourself for I, and then make a big circle to symbolize the world.


If he does a little, then she does a little
Then they do a little, it adds to a lot
If you do a little and I do a little,
Then we do a little, a better world is what we ve got!

I ve got so many ways I want to give,
Because I want to make the world a better place to live
Through learning and loving, respecting and sharing,
I can change the world through these kind acts of caring

I ve got so many ways I want to give,
Because I want to make the world a better place to live
For the people, the flowers, the plants, and the trees,
For all kinds of animals, the skies and the seas


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literature connectionsmore

TitleAuthorIllustratorBook Summary
The Earth Book Todd ParrTodd ParrThe Earth Book discusses the important subject of conserving Earth’s natural resources. Using his signature colorful illustrations and whimsical storytelling, Todd Parr empowers children and adults with ways they can help save the Earth by “going green”: “I take care of the Earth because I know I can do little things every day to make a BIG difference.” The book offers a practical list of simple activities easily understood by young children, followed by clear explanations of how those simple things can have a large impact on the health of our planet. Appropriately, this book is printed on recycled materials.
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.
Tikkun Olam Ted Vivian NewmanSteve MackAlways busy doing good deeds like recycling, feeding birds, working in the garden and donating items to others, a young boy has earned the nickname “Tikkun Olam Ted.”
* PJ library Books
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