The Giving Tree is about a boy who becomes best friends with a tree, but the tree will always be happy as long as the boy is happy. The boy asks the tree for certain things, and as long as the tree has what he needs, he will lend it to the boy. As the boy gets older, he spends less and less time with the tree. But, as he gets older, the tree does also. The tree gave and gave until he had nothing left to give. Children of all ages and grades would enjoy this story, and could very easily make a self to text connection. An activity for this book is for the class to make a tree out of their handprints and ask the question, "What can you give that doesn't cost money?" Have your students write their ideas on their paper hands and attach them to the tree. This can be a reminder throughout the whole year.
Lexile Level: 530LL