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Value: Being Proactive

Time: 20 minutes

Appropriate Ages: 5-13

Materials:

  • Book: The Dog Poop Initiative, by Kirk Weisler

 

Activity/Discussion:

  1. Read story. At the following points in the story, ask the following discussion questions:

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What do you think should be done?

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How do you think the coach and son will change the day?

Is it helpful for other people to talk about how to avoid the poo?

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What is the lesson of this story?

2. After the story, ask the following discussion questions:

  • In our home/classroom, who is responsible for cleaning up messes?

  • In our home/classroom, what is a job that usually no one knows who is supposed to do it?

  • Who should be responsible for getting that job done?

  • Outside of this home/classroom, what are some jobs that nobody wants to do?

  • Who is responsible for doing those jobs?

  • How do you think taking initiative makes you feel?

3. Looking at this fun picture in the back of the book, spot ten differences between the two pictures:

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