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#Teach1 Lesson about Giving

#Teach1 Lesson about Giving

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  • Unit: 
    Can You Lend Me a Hand? (Kindergarten)
    Grades 
    K
    1
    2

    Students will listen and respond to the story of The Little Red Hen. They identify personal actions that make a community stronger and better for all.

  • Unit: 
    Launching Your Ship with Citizenship: Intro. to Philanthropy Unit
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    The learners will review the fundamental democratic principles and beliefs of American democracy that unite a nation and promote the common good. They will look to their own school to apply them as a basis of positive character traits and philanthropic actions.

     

  • Unit: 
    Best Day Ever!
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    Students look at how they typically spend a free day and see what that same free day would look like when it is infused with philanthropy. Students plan a free day, substituting their usual routine with activities that give back.

  • 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.

  • Unit: 
    Women of the Industrial Era
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    This lesson is designed to challenge students' thinking about the famous suffragist Susan B. Anthony.

  • Unit: 
    We the People... Project
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    Students compare the actions of early leaders to their own responsibility to be civically responsible. This discussion and writing activity helps students clarify the citizen's role in philanthropy as voluntary action for common good.

  • Unit: 
    Making our Voices Heard for the Community (9th Grade)
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    Raise students' awareness of the importance of freedom of speech and the opportunity to voice one's opinion without fear of reprisal, as principles basic to a democracy.

  • Unit: 
    Philanthropy: Individuals and Their Surroundings
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    Students will explain that, in the United States, it is the people who hold the power, not the government.

  • 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: 
    We ARE the Government
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    In this lesson, learners read primary documents that illustrate the motivations of the founding fathers of the United States.

  • 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: 
    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: 
    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. 

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

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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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