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"I Think I Can Make A Difference!"

Objective
Practice Personal Plan:

Develop personal goals based on individual abilities and interests, including: contributing to community.

Background
Student identifies one action he/she can take to help someone in his/her community now or in the future.

Activities
Ahead of time, cut out one train engine and caboose from the Teacher Resource Sheet "Train Engine" and "Train Caboose" for each group of 10 students in the class. Photocopy enough "I Think I Can" Student Activity Sheets for each student to have one, and write an ordinal number at the top of each train car (1 through 10).

Read the book The Little Engine That Could. Ask students to think of and share ideas about actions they could take that would positively contribute to their community (for example: help a friend, recycle, pick up litter, visit shut-ins at a nursing home).

Distribute copies of the Student Activity Sheet "I Think I Can - Train Car" to each student. Explain that the "I Can" statement should reflect something that they can do for their community. Ask students to complete the statement, color their train car, and cut it out. Discuss ordinal numbers (1 through 10) with the class.

Invite students, by ordinal number, to come to the front of the room and share their "I Can" statements. For each group of students, mount an engine, 10 train cars (or fewer if any group is smaller than 10 children), and a caboose on the bulletin board to complete each train.

Resources
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Train Engine, Train Caboose and "I Think I Can - Train Car" worksheet
Title letters for the bulletin board, "I Think I Can . . . Make A Difference!"
Home-Centered Activity: "I Can Help at Home" worksheet
Stapler, Scissors, Crayons

Teacher Tips
Trace engines and cabooses onto construction paper for a more colorful display.

Source
Division of No Child Left Behind Program Coordination, Texas Education Agency, Texas D.A.V.E.

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