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Fairness Early Elementary

George and Dixie the Duck


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Fairness Early Elementary

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George and Dixie the Duck Written by Pam L. Bruening Ed. D. Illustrated by Norman Smith and Franky Carrillo


CHARACTERS I am George:

• I am a 9-year-old boy from Cardiff, England. • I am in fourth grade. • I come from a very large family with two sisters, two brothers and many cousins. • On Sundays my extended family gets together for lunch. It is a family tradition I love. • I love all sports, but cricket is my favorite. • When I grow up, I would like to be an officer in the Royal Navy.

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I am Dixie:

• I am a Wigeon Duck. • We breed in central and northern Scotland and also in northern England. • Many of my species visit the UK in winter from Iceland, Scandinavia and Russia. • We eat aquatic plants, grasses, and roots. • We are sociable and noisy ducks. • We inhabit coastal regions that include salt-marshes, freshwater and brackish lagoons, estuaries, bays, sandy shores, and mudflats. • I lay five to ten eggs between April and June. • Once my eggs hatch, I care for them until they can fly and become independent approximately 40 to 45 days later.

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THE SETTING

England: • England is in north-west Europe and is in the southern part of Great Britain. It is an island country and also part of the United Kingdom. • England is bordered by Wales to the west and Scotland to the north. • England includes many small islands such as the Isle of Wight and Hayling Island. • England was the first industrialized nation after the industrial revolution that began around 1760. • England has a large economy and uses the pound sterling as its currency. • Football (soccer) is the most popular sport in England, though others such as cricket and rugby have large followings. • The capital city of England is London. Other major cities include Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, Newcastle and Leeds. • The south of England is mostly low-lying land, with hills and agricultural land, and the north of England is mostly covered in moorland and mountains. • The author of the Harry Potter books, JK Rowling, was born in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England.

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The cousins from two families lined up on the grass, ready to race each other to the tree. They laughed and teased each other as they lined up. “Don’t forget to let the three youngest take ten giant steps forward before we start the race,” called George’s mother. “That’s not fair! Why should they get a head start just because they are smaller?!” George questioned loudly. In the distance, in a duck pond, a mother duck popped her head up out of the water in time to hear George’s whining. “Oh, I know where this is headed,” she commented under her breath. She waddled toward the group. “On your mark, get set, GO!” yelled George’s father. The children took off toward the tree! “I won!” yelled George, as he touched the tree. “I think Maddy touched the tree first,” claimed George’s father. “That’s not fair!” George yelled. “She had a head start!” He stomped away from the group. “The youngest children had to have a head start to make the race fair for everyone,” replied his father. “That’s right! Fairness is making sure everyone can participate and have a chance to win,” the mother duck said as she arrived at the edge of the group.

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“What do you know about fairness?” asked George. “I’m Dixie. I overheard you complaining about something unfair, so I decided to come closer to you to show you an example of fairness.” Dixie extended her wing toward her line of six ducklings. “What do you mean?” asked George confused. “My ducklings need to learn about their environment, so we go for many walks,” explained Dixie. “Some ducklings are better prepared for these walks than others. Four of my six ducklings keep up just fine and do a good job of staying in line. However, one duckling was born with a hurt leg. To make things fair for him, I allow him to ride on my back most of the time. Another duckling wanders out of line a good bit, so he is always first in line so he can be closest to me.” “Do the others ever wish they could be first in line?” asked George. “My ducklings know that fairness does not always mean everything will be the same for everyone,” explained Dixie. “My ducklings understand why each has its own place in line.” Dixie turned around and led her ducklings back to the pond.

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The next day, George joined his teammates at the park to play cricket. George loved cricket, a sport that uses bats and balls. George was hoping he would be able to play in the game. “George, I have you starting the game today instead of Henry. Henry will be able to play later in the game,� the coach explained. George was excited! He had never been a starter, but he had been practicing hard. He glanced over at Henry who sat on the bench, stunned. He knew Henry felt it was not fair since he was a stronger player.

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Later that afternoon, George visited the pond and sat with Dixie and her ducklings in the grass. He told her about the cricket game and how his playing time had allowed him to score. “That was very fair of your coach to give you an opportunity to start the game today,” commented Dixie. “Yes, I am sure Henry didn’t think it was fair, but I can understand fairness better now,” agreed George. “I guess it isn’t always easy to make fair decisions.” “That’s right,” agreed Dixie. “Fairness isn’t always easy. It can be tempting to help your friends instead of those who deserve a chance. Your coach could have gone with his regular line up, but he wanted to show fairness and reward your hard work,” Dixie explained. “That’s true,” George nodded slowly. “I bet it took courage for him to show fairness. He knew Henry would not be happy. Fairness is providing every individual with what is needed, which isn’t always the same.” George thought about the race with his cousins the day before. “Hmmm…I get your point. I never thought about fairness like that before,” George admitted. “When I treat others with fairness, I encourage them to participate, grow, and develop, too. I will definitely look for ways to encourage fairness.”

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Early Elementary

When I show FAIRNESS:

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Service Service

Inclusion

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Fairness

Mattering

Fairness

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Inclusion

Mattering

Inclusion

Mattering

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Equity

Optimism

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Optimism

Solidarity

Hope

Justice

Diversity

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I make sure everyone gets a turn. I talk with others to learn their opinions and ideas. I follow the rules and encourage others to do the same. I look for ways to be sure no one is left out of games and activities. • I stand up for someone who may not be treated fairly. • I pay attention to ways systems and rules can be modified to include everyone. • I suggest ideas that would make things fairer for everyone. • I accept and understand when some need more help or support than others to make things fair. • I make sure everyone around me has access to the same opportunities I have.

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