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“Our building made service a priority because kids didn’t care about 7th grade social studies.”
– K-8 principal in Indiana

Teach Kids that they Matter through Service!

Teaching a Learning to Give lesson isn’t an "add on." A variety of lessons connect language arts, social studies, and science to a purpose that resonates with students. Simply try one lesson and empower your kids as givers and community activists.

Ways to get started

Make it a goal to teach three lessons this year:

  1. TeachOne about the language of community participation and ways we give in the fall.
  2. TeachOne about the history and tools of justice in January.
  3. TeachOne about environmental stewardship in April.   

Search for Lessons and Resources:

  1. Search for LESSONS by entering keywords (such as water, letter writing, The Lorax, or hunger) and grade level.
  2. Or start your search with the Common Core State Standard you want to address.
  3. You may also search our RESOURCES for papers, literature guides, video discussions, and more.

Introduce the Vocabulary of Giving

Teach an Introduction to Philanthropy lesson to build vocabulary and motivation to take action -- a great way for a whole school to get started.

Plan a Year of Giving

Put philanthropy instruction into your calendar with service events by month such as International Day of Peace, Martin Luther King, Jr, Day, or Earth Day.

What Do Your Students Care About?

Search by ISSUE AREA for lesson plans and project ideas, such as Water, Kindness, Veterans, and Arts. Start with the Blue Sky Envisioning Activity.

Educator Training Online

Prepare yourself with training with our 14 Educator Mini-Courses in the Fisher Online Institute. Learn from your desktop in under 45 minutes about the history and role of philanthropy and nonprofits or the strategy of service-learning. Upon completion, earn a certificate for professional development. 

Video Resources

Follow Learning to Give's YouTube channel for videos about philanthropy and philanthropy education, and use our Film Discussion Guides as engaging lesson starters.

Photo credit top of page: Walking to School by Annie and Tim is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Fisher Educator Mini-Courses provide online training in philanthropy education and service-learning. In your own time and at your desktop, learn methods of thoughtful service-learning, as well as the history, practice, and benefits of philanthropy, for educators, nonprofit professionals, parents, and volunteers.