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Teach About Sharing with The Mine-O-Saur

The Mine-O-Saur Lesson

by Sudipta Bardhan Quallen

Grades: K-1

CASEL Standard: Relationship Skills: The abilities to establish and maintain healthy and supportive relationships and to effectively navigate settings with diverse individuals and groups.

Character Education Lesson Objective: To understand why sharing is important and how much fun it can be


Part 1: 

  • What do you think when you hear the word, “Mine!”?
  • When we hear the word, “mine!” we often think of someone who does not want to share.  How does it feel when someone does not want to share with you?
  • When someone doesn’t want to share with you, it doesn’t feel very good. 
  • What reasons can you think of that someone might not want to share?  Write down the list of reasons that the students think of.
  • Some of the reasons that someone might not want to share is that they have something new, what they have is their favorite thing or they are afraid their item might get broken.
  • Other times, people just don’t like to share because they want everything for themselves.  What can you do if someone won’t share because they want everything for themselves?  Write down what the students say.
  • You are going to be getting a worksheet. .  It is going to have a short story about someone who does not want to share.  I want you to think about the different ways that we just talked about for dealing with someone who doesn’t want to share.  You will choose one of those ways and write a sentence about it and then draw a picture of what you would do.
  • When you are done, you will get to share what you chose to write and draw a picture of.

Part 2: 

  • We are going to be reading a book called, The Mine-O-Saur by Sudipta Bardhan Quallen.
  • Read the book.
  • The Mine-o-saur does not seem to notice that the other dinosaurs are unhappy with his behavior.  What would you have done if you were one of the other dinosaurs?
  • How does the Mine-o-saur feel when he gets all of the toys and food?
  • Why do you think Triceratops and the other dinosaurs finally decided to walk away from Mine-o-saur?
  • How did Mine-o-saur feel when all of the other dinosaurs walked away from him?
  • What do you think made Mine-o-saur change his mind about sharing?
  • It was really kind of the other dinosaurs to tell Mine-o-saur they still wanted to play with him even after he took all of the toys and said they were his.  Mine-o-saur was really excited to play with his friends and learned to share.
  • Sometimes, being kind to someone even if they haven’t been kind and been sharing with you can help them learn how much fun sharing can be.

Part 3: 

  • The Mine-o-saur was a dinosaur who did not like to share.  He learned that if he shares, his friends will play with him.
  • It is so much more fun to share so that you can play with all of your friends.
  • You are going to be using your imagination to create a dinosaur who loves to share.  You will figure out what your sharing dinosaur’s name will be and what your dinosaur will look like.  You will also answer some questions about what your sharing dinosaur likes to do.
  • After you finish creating your sharing dinosaurs, you will get a chance to share them with everyone.  We can hang them up to remind us of how much fun it is to share.

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Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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