Sharing the Work
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Sharing the Work

Jewish Value:

     Act with Loving Kindness,Be Generous

Lesson Summary:

This lesson comes from a unit called "Sharing With Others" on, a resource that offers philanthropy education resources that teach giving and civic engagement.

This unit s purpose:

"This unit demonstrates to students the importance of being aware of the needs and opinions of others. It encourages students to think beyond themselves and to treat others with tolerance and respect.

This unit enables students to reflect on the following questions:

  • What does it mean to cooperate?
  • What does it mean to share?
  • What does it mean to be tolerant of others?"

The other lessons in this unit include:
Sharing The Work
Sharing Our Differences

The purpose of this lesson stated on the site is:
"This lesson emphasizes the importance of doing your share of the work. Students listen to a story that illustrates this point and contribute their effort in a cooperative baking project."


"The learner will:

  • listen to a book
  • understand the importance of lending a helping hand
  • listen to a song expressing the importance of sharing the work
  • participate in a cooperative project
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In addition to or instead of sharing the story book, consider sharing this animated version of the story: 


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Music Connectionsmore

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

“Do A Little!” Activity:

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



literature connectionsmore

TitleAuthorIllustratorBook Summary
Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah* Leslie KimmelmanPaul MeiselLittle Red Hen must make matzah for Passover. She asks her friends for help planting grains. “Sorry, bub,” neighs Horse. “Think again,” barks Dog. Of course, the Little Red Hen does it all herself. A classic tale gets a Jewish twist in this hilarious story.
The Little Red Hen Paul GaldonePaul GaldoneLittle Red Hen is a time-tested cautionary tale about how we reap what we sow. When the hen asks a cat, dog, and mouse for help planting some wheat, she gets no takers: "‘Not I!’ said the cat. ‘Not I!’ said the dog. ‘Not I!’ said the mouse." They won’t water, cut, or grind the wheat . . . or help bake a cake with it, either. So guess who eats the cake by herself in the end? The Caldecott Honor artist Paul Galdone’s delightfully detailed ink and wash illustrations—packed with charming details—add plenty of sly humor to the well-loved story that not only offers a sage message but also shows children what it takes to make a cake from the ground up!
* PJ library Books
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