Caring for the Least of These (Download)

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This downloadable picture book lesson shows K-2 students that every person has a duty to care for the weakest and most vulnerable people around us. Using the book Elmer and Butterfly by David McKee, students learn about the importance of standing up for others, even when they cannot repay any help. Although Butterfly is small and weak, she is able to use her voice to help Elmer when he needs her the most. This lesson reminds students that even though they are small and young, they can help others.

Caring for the Least of These includes a butterfly craft, creative snack suggestions, and a bonus butterfly coloring page.

Parents and teachers will enjoy exploring the culture of life with their students with this charming book and the fun crafts it includes.

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Recommended for students in kindergarten through 2nd grade.

Buy your copy of Elmer and Butterfly by David McKee here.

Permission to use this lesson is granted to the immediate family or classroom of the original purchaser. Schools with more than one classroom using this lesson should purchase additional copies. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Ciancio at

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