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Over 1,700 K-12 lesson plans to inspire and equip students who use their hearts and minds to impact their world

Over 1,700 K-12 lesson plans to inspire and equip students who use their hearts and minds to impact their world

You don’t have to adopt a new curriculum or learn a complicated strategy. Replace one of your current lessons with a standards-aligned lesson from this rich treasury. Come back again and again to teach about generosity, philanthropic history, issues kids care about, and roles of citizenship.  

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  • June 17, 2016

    With its impact on children and families and the basic right of clean water, the Flint water crisis strikes all of our hearts. The Flint water crisis raises everyone’s awareness of important “invisible” things like infrastructure, environmental stewardship, and political systems.

  • Unit: 
    Refugees and Human Rights
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    This lesson focuses on the language of human rights. Learners examine the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and analyze the rights from a personal perspective. They discuss how well they perceive that the rights are enforced.

  • Unit: 
    Environment: Sustaining Our World (6-8)
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    The learners experiment with a natural water filtration process. They review the water cycle and come to an understanding about the need to sustain the quality of the world's water for the common good. 

  • Unit: 
    Watershed S.O.S. (Saving Our Sources)
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    The purpose of the lesson is to learn about the uses of water, the water cycle, and to discuss the importance of water as a finite resource.  A further purpose is to discuss why being good stewards of this resource is acting for the common good.

  • Unit: 
    Art as Advocacy
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    The learners will view works of art that advocate for social change. They will recognize that art can influence social change. The learners will select an issue of human rights and create a work of art that represents the issue.

  • Unit: 
    Attributes of a Civil Society (9th Grade)
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    Learners define justice, kindness, peace, and tolerance and describe the importance of these attributes of a civil society. They look for examples in the media and brainstorm how they can promote these attributes in their school, community, and the world. 

  • Unit: 
    Our Philanthropic Tradition: Intro. to Philanthropy Unit (5th)
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    The students explore family traditions of giving. Using the book Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt as a springboard, they discuss traditions of philanthropy in community.

  • Unit: 
    Giving from the Heart
    Grades 
    K
    1
    2

    Through performing a short play based on the book Quiltmaker’s Gift, the students will understand the idea of using the Arts to do something for the common good.

  • Unit: 
    Disaster Relief - You Can Count On Me! (3-5)
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    This lesson introduces learners to opportunities to respond to a natural disaster. The lesson will introduce vocabulary terms spend, save, and donate.

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