Connection is not always an easy concept for students, but they do know how it feels when everyone is supportive and working together. When they realize that it takes many people to create the things they like in life, they begin to see the world from a larger perspective and feel the support of those around them. The IM4U song has become an inspiring sing-along for classrooms throughout the world, and is a wonderful teaching tool that clearly demonstrates the essence of connection.


Students work collaboratively to consider how we are all connected by exploring one of the many ways that people affect their daily lives.

Principle Overview

Throughout the 7 Principles we have seen how everything we do has a ripple effect on others. We are dependent on so many other people for so many things – the roads we drive on and the foods we eat, the schools we go to and the technology we use. The list is endless. When we see how connected we all really are, we can go from feelings of isolation to a sense of belonging and purpose, and we can appreciate and even celebrate our differences- in and out of the classroom. This principle is foundational to all of the IM4U songs and activities.


Goals and Objectives:

  • Discuss how people help and support one another by working together
  • Describe positive qualities in others
  • Explain how people are connected
  • Discuss the effect one’s actions can have on others, such as being helpful.
  • Introduce and play the IM4U song to students.
  • If desired, print WE ALL ARE CONNECTED picture cards to help facilitate the class discussion about all the different people who worked to bring the piece of fruit to their classroom.
  • If desired, print additional images from the Internet that show a connection in some way. For example; a loaf of bread, peanut butter, jelly, and plate, farmer, chicken, eggs, truck, store, home etc. Give each child an image. Ask the students to walk around the room looking for friends who are holding a card that is connected to their card in some way. Ask students to explain the connection to one another.
  • Have students search for images in magazines that are connected in some way. Have students explain the connection between images.
Listening is a vital skill for all students. It gives meaning to what a person has said and helps create a feeling of value and kindness in a diverse classroom. The I Heard You Say skill builder is a good way to develop listening skills and helps create a caring, collaborative learning community by showing others that what they say is important.

  • Ask students to tell a friend what their favorite fruit is. Encourage students to use the The I Heard You Say skill builder and repeat what their friend has shared.
  • As students share their ideas about people who help each other, encourage them to use the The I Heard You Say skill builder.
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Activity Steps

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    Play the IM4U song

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    Show the students a familiar fruit that you’ve brought in from home. Invite students to think about where the fruit came from. Many will say the store. This is true, but what about before the store? Have students share their ideas with a friend.

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    Encourage students to think backwards to all the different people who worked to bring that piece of fruit to their classroom. They can go all the way back to the earth where it was grown!

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    Together, create and make a list on the board of the different people that helped. Point out that sometimes we are not even aware of all the helpers we have in our lives. We are never really alone!

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    Introduce the word “connected” by writing it on a piece of poster board or using the Connected printable Looking at the list of different people that helped to bring the fruit from the ground to the classroom, explain how people’s actions can affect others. Use the WE ALL ARE CONNECTED picture cards to help illustrate this. You might ask:

    What might happen if one of the people didn’t help?
    Would we still have this fruit?
    How did they all collaborate to make this process happen?

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    Reflect on the activity by asking students if they can think of any other examples in where they have helpers that are directly and indirectly connected to their lives. You might ask:

    How do you get to school?
    Do you walk, ride in a car or bus?
    How many people help you get to school safely?

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