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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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  • April 22, 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.

  • Grade Levels: 
    6
    7
    8

    Understanding the watershed and its potential threats engages students in critical thinking about their responsibility for direct action or advocacy. They may take action through the political process by contacting local governmental agencies (DNR, contact state or U.S.

  • Grade Levels: 
    K
    1
    2

    Although water is essential to all life, it is not abundant in many areas of the world. In order to preserve our usable water resources, learners develop an understanding of the water cycle, how to measure rainfall, and why it is essential to conserve this precious resource.

  • 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 students will write a "Safe Water" pledge and may choose to sign it indicating action they will personally take to assure sustainable, safe water. They will create persuasive products to share their knowledge of issues around safe drinking water.

  • 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: 
    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: 
    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: 
    Writers as Activists
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    By reading about her life and her work, students will understand how Mary Eliza Church Terrell’s writing and activism brought about change for African Americans and women.

  • Unit: 
    Are You a River Keeper?
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    The purpose of the lesson is to enable students to fully understand and apply fundamental methods of testing water quality. This will include the collection, display, and interpretation of student data.

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