Help students make a difference in their world with these ideas and free printables.
This is another free resource for teachers from The Curriculum Corner.
Use these resources for helping students see how they can make a difference. Students can make a plan to help others across the world with these freebies.
The Starfish Story
Our world is so big and it can sometimes be difficult to help students see that even little actions can have an impact. To help students begin to build an understanding, we like sharing The Starfish Story.
This tale was originally adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley.
If you aren’t familiar, it basically tells the story of a child on a beach filled with thousands of starfish that have washed up. The child is picking them up one by one and throwing them back into the ocean. When questioned by an adult as to what the child is doing, the child replies that the starfish will die if not thrown back. The adult then states that the child can’t possibly make a difference because there are too many starfish on the beach to help. The child picks one up, throws it into the ocean and replies innocently, “Made a difference to that one!”
We think using The Starfish Story can be a wonderful team building idea at the beginning of the year to help teach this concept. Working together towards a bigger goal can help your students to feel a sense of community. One version of this tale that can be printed and read aloud to your class can be found here: The Starfish Story
Let that story lead to a conversation with your students about what they feel they can do to make a difference in our world. Then guide the conversation towards what they feel they can do to help children in other countries who have much less than many in the United States.
Making a Difference Stars
Another idea to get students thinking about what they could do to make a difference in our world is to have them write on and color this Difference Star (click title to download) and then display their ideas on a bulletin board.
Or you might choose to start smaller by encouraging children to think about how they begin in the classroom. Throughout the year you can have your students’ ideas expand to the school, city and even the world.