Below is an annotated list of children's literature for the elementary classroom. The books are organized by the Six Elements of Social Justice Curriculum Design (Picower, 2007). It is based on work by pre-service teachers at Montclair State University. They have read and reviewed these books and provided insights into how they can be used in K-5 settings.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Share and Take Turns

Title: Share and Take Turns

Author: Cheri J. Meiners
Title: Share and Take Turns

Author: Cheri J. Meiners

Illustrated by: Meredith Johnson 

Grade Level: Pre-K - 2nd Grade

Purchase: Share and Take Turns

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Element Two: Respect for Others

Share and take turns is a book for children that shows a variety of different ways for students to share and respect one another. The author dedicates this book to her dad and mom for teaching her about sharing and to Vic, Rob, and Erik for helping her practice. Cheri J. Meiners,M. Ed also acknowledges, Judy Galbraith, Mariaeka Heilen, Margie Lisovskis, and Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D.   This book is a part of the powerful Learning to Get Along series.  This book teaches children about different essential social skills such as empathy, respect, cooperation, and kindness. It also displays appropriate behavior and proper mannerism that will indeed help themselves and others. In the book it shows and states how children can and should play, share (or not to share) and respect one another while they are playing. It also shows children dividing, trading and helping others to understand the importance of sharing and respecting one another. What I like most about this book is that it shows children of different diversities who are sharing and respecting one another while waiting their turns. 

Representation of Element Two: Respect for Others
Share and take turns introduces children to different ways of playing and sharing while respecting the other children during the process. It also introduces diversity among the children. This book is great book to implement for Element Two; Respect for others because it does not only show the children playing and sharing, it also shows how they are waiting patiently and respecting one another while they wait their turns. This is a great way to introduce diversity along with sharing and respecting. 

Classroom Activity
An activity that would be great for this book is a ways to share activity. For this activity you will need pictures of toys and small items cut from magazines and catalogs, a bag to hold the pictures, and whiteboard with magnets.

Read and review the book with the students, making sure that they understand the different ways of sharing that are being shown in the book. After doing this, have the children take a toy from the bag. Ask the students some questions such as; How can you share this?; Who can you share the toy with?; and Is this something you would like to share?. Once this is complete, write the words divide, use together, trade, and take turns on the whiteboard. Have the child explain how they can share the toy. After the child does this, have them place the picture of the toy under the appropriate term on the board.  

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