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1,700 lessons to inspire and equip K-12 students to use their hearts and minds to impact their world and themselves

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1,700 lessons to inspire and equip K-12 students to use their hearts and minds to impact their world and themselves

You don’t have to adopt a new curriculum. Simply replace one of your current lessons with a standards-aligned lesson infused with philanthropy. Come back again to find lessons about civil society, giving time and talent, issues kids care about, justice, and stewardship.  

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  • Unit: 
    Rivers for the Common Good
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    The purpose of this lesson is to introduce the concept of the life of a river and pollution through the story A River Ran Wild.

  • Unit: 
    Philanthropy—A Day at the Beach
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    Students will be active philanthropists by volunteering their time to clean debris from the beach at a local park for the common good.

  • Unit: 
    Earth Day for a Small World (2nd Grade)
    Grades 
    K
    1
    2

    Students recognize that they belong to a global community that shares resources and interests. Learners define stewardship and exhibit responsibility by helping to care for our "small world."

  • Unit: 
    Oil Changes Everything
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    The purpose of this lesson is to heighten the awareness of the public about oil spills and the environmental issues they can cause.  Learners will actively participate in an advertising campaign advocating for legislation to protect wildlife from human caused disasters like oil spills.

  • Unit: 
    Earth: The Source of Resources
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    This lesson will highlight environmental concerns that impact the home, school and community and provide the learners with hands-on opportunities to make a difference in the environment through the implementation of a service plan.

  • Unit: 
    Sharing and Caring Across Generations
    Grades 
    K
    1
    2

    Students recognize that their actions and behaviors will become memories for future generations. They will recognize the importance of recycling and using resources wisely for the common good. Students identify ways to make recycling a routine part of their lives.

  • Unit: 
    Pondering the Impermeable
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    The purpose of this lesson is to engage the learners in the topic of environmental stewardship as it relates to the responsible use of land masses.

  • Unit: 
    Environment: Sustaining Our World (9-12)
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    The students define environmental stewardship and determine responsibility for caring for the environment.

  • Unit: 
    Global Education: Why Learn? (K-2)
    Grades 
    K
    1
    2

    Children learn facts about learning around the globe. They brainstorm and carry out an act of service that promotes learning locally or globally.

  • Unit: 
    Sharing the Gift of Literacy
    Grades 
    K
    1
    2

    The purpose of this lesson is for students to plan and carry out a book drive to benefit children in their community who may not have access to many books at home.

  • Unit: 
    Literacy for You and Me
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    The purpose of this lesson is for students to learn about literacy in our world, nation, state and their local community. Students reflect on dramatic statistics about literacy rates and access to books, then they create a plan of action to increase access to reading materials.

  • Unit: 
    The Important Thing About Reading
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    The purpose of this lesson is for students to deliver the books to the recipients and spend some time reading with their partners. Students return to class to reflect on their experiences and celebrate the impact of the service project.

  • Unit: 
    Inquiring Minds: News and Philanthropy
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    Students analyze the format and structure of newspaper articles. Then, they rewrite events from literature into news stories about acts of kindness.

  • Unit: 
    Helping Children Learn
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    Through teaming with younger children, learners will determine the meaning of unfamiliar words in context and use encouragement to help others learn to read. They will determine how their acts are a form of community capital as they build trust with their younger learners.

  • Unit: 
    Helping Children Learn
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    Learners will become more knowledgeable about the structures authors use to help young children learn to read. They will continue to work with a team of younger children using different strategies to verbalize their books.

  • Unit: 
    Different! Diverse! Dynamic! (3-5)
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    How can our positive and negative behaviors affect others who we perceive as different from us? Through reflection on the story Thank You, Mr. Falker, students explore empathy and respect for diversity of people and talents.

  • Unit: 
    Each One, Teach One
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    To recognize the importance of engaging in activities to address literacy in their school and community as demonstrated by interpreting and analyzing their reading. They will understand the role of acting as a philanthropist in their school community.

  • Unit: 
    Drumming from the Heart
    Grades 
    K
    1
    2

    The purpose of this lesson is to have students identify the shared gifts in the folktale, "The Drum" and determine their relative value. The students brainstorm gifts they have to give (time, talent, and treasure) and the value these gifts may have to others.

  • Unit: 
    Painting Pictures with Poetry: Art from the Heart
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    Students will find and discuss examples of philanthropy in poems and quotations. They will define and design statements on the theme of philanthropy using the poetic conventions of metaphor, simile, and personification.

  • Unit: 
    Powerful Words Can Warm the Heart
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    The purpose of this lesson is to show that artists are a valuable part of a community and to explore how they contribute to the public good.

  • 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: 
    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: 
    Let's Make Lemonade
    Grades 
    K
    1
    2

    This lesson introduces students to the concept of philanthropy. As a class, they brainstorm possible ideas for the word philanthropist. The students will learn that even young people can be philanthropists.

  • Grade Levels: 
    8
    9
    10
    11
    12

    In this two-session lesson, students are introduced to the VING video project. They have the opportunity to create a brief video as an application to award someone they admire $1,000 as a needed boost.

  • Unit: 
    Citizenship
    Grades 
    K
    1
    2

    The Bill of Rights consists of ten amendments to the Constitution. It spells out rights for all United States citizens. The language in the Bill of Rights is difficult for primary students, so this lesson introduces some simple rights and expectations of all Americans. 

  • 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. 

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