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Main Curriculum Tie:
Background For Teachers:
In the book, When This Box is Full, by Patricia Lillie (illustrated
by Donald Crews), a child fills a box with things that represent each
month of the year. There are several repetitions of the months in the
story. Therefore, the students can read along. The story ends with
the character (child) wanting to share what is in the box with you,
the reader. After reading the book, the teacher will ask the students
to name each month of the year and each of the four seasons. The
teacher will then present his/her box to the class and the students will
have a chance to see if they can match an item in the box (items may
or may not be the same objects as in the book) with the appropriate
month of the year.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Within the first two weeks of school is the ideal time to do this activity. Students will sit on the rug as you discuss their understanding of a tradition. Then teach them the “Tradition Rap”. This rap should be a part of the classroom repertoire throughout the year. Next, you will read When This Box is Full. The repetition of this book lends itself to shared reading as the students read the months of the year with you.
Goodlad, J. I., Soder, R., Sirotnik, K. A., (1990). The Moral Dimensions of Teaching. Jossey- Bass Inc. Publishers, San Francisco, California.
Classrooms contain children of enormous diversity in family background, culture, language, and preparation for school activities, as well as huge variations in both readiness and the ability to learn. Teachers must ask: “How can I meet the needs of every student, regardless of his/her learning style or disposition?” This lesson lends itself to helping every child feel a part of a community by recognizing that all families, schools, and communities have traditions and they can be a part of traditions that surround them.
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