Kindergartners read the story "Stone Soup." The story is about 3 soldiers traveling home who are hungry and in need of a place to rest. The villagers they meet are unwilling to share their food or beds. So the soldiers decide to teach the villagers a lesson about sharing and friendship. They ask for a pot of water and a stone and say, "this soup tastes good but it would taste better with some carrots." The villagers begin to share all the ingredients needed to make a delicious soup. The soldiers share the soup with the villagers who in turn offer them a place to rest. Kindergartners each brought an ingredient for their own stone soup. (And yes, we scrubbed a stone and put it in our soup!) We invited our 4th grade buddies to our room to watch us act out the story and share our stone soup. In the spirit of the story, the buddies brought bowls, spoons and bread to share. We all learned the lesson from the story; when everyone makes a contribution, no matter how small, everyone benefits from the combined effort. One of the kindergartners told his buddy "This soup is really good, you can hardly taste the stone at all!"