Learning to Give, Philanthropy education resources that teach giving and civic engagement


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"Antsy" for Others

Through interaction with literature, music and movement, children gain an understanding of respect for themselves and others. Students share their artistic understanding of community and respect with a children’s hospital or other local nonprofit.

  1. Ants Have Feelings, Too!

    ELA: Point of View; Response to Text/Others; Universal Themes
    PHIL: Common Good; Empathy; Kindness; Respect
    SCI: Compare/Contrast; Ethics; Nature
    SOC: 1 genOn; Good Character; Values
  2. Anty-Bodies

    ART-VA: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Compare/Contrast; Response to Text/Others; Universal Themes
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Character; Community; Respect; Service Learning
    SOC: 1 genOn; Communities; Good Character
  3. Ant-Like Antics

    ART: Dance; Music
    ELA: Listening; Speaking
    PHIL: Respect
    SCI: Animals
    SOC: 1 genOn

Baking Bread for Childhood Hunger

Students discover how philanthropy can be creative and encompass many different talents and treasures. Students learn about the problem of childhood hunger and the needs in their own community. Students bake and sell homemade bread to their community in order to raise money for a local organization.

  1. Baking Bread for Childhood Hunger

    ELA: Informational Media; Letter Writing; Reflection; Writing Type and Purpose
    MAT: Measurement
    PHIL: Advocacy; Community; Fundraising; Hunger
    SOC: For-Profit; Nonprofit; Volunteers

Bare Necessities - Helping Others (Kindergarten)

This lesson will help students identify a person’s basic needs, realize that many people in the world are lacking these needs and why this may occur, and encourage them to think of ways to help these people.

  1. Bare Necessities-Helping Others (Kindergarten)

    ELA: Listening; Understanding/Interpretation
    PHIL: 11 lesson genOn; 12 lesson genOn; Caring/Sharing; Community; Giving; Hunger; Responsibility
    SOC: Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Common Good; Good Character; Personal Virtue

Beautiful Me

In this interdisciplinary unit, students learn how they can positively influence their environment through beauty. Students define philanthropy through literature, music, writing and art.  

  1. Cleaning Up

    ELA: Story Elements; Teamwork
    MAT: Data Collection/Organization; Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: Common Good; Community; Philanthropic Act; School Climate; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SCI: Pollution
    SOC: Common Good; Communities; Pollution
  2. Do Something Beautiful

    ELA: Something Beautiful; Compare/Contrast; Journaling; Point of View; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Common Good; Community; Philanthropic Act; Reflection; Stewardship; Volunteer
    SOC: Common Good; Communities; Good Character
  3. Sharing Beauty Through Song

    ART: Music
    ELA: Analyze/Interpret; Journaling; Teamwork
    MAT: Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: Community; Sensitivity; Volunteer
  4. Making a Choice

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Character Development; Main Idea; Response to Text/Others; Writing Process
    MAT: Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Caring/Sharing; Common Good; Community; Motivation for Giving; Philanthropic Literature; Selflessness; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Common Good; Good Character
  5. Make Something Beautiful

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Analyze/Interpret; Brainstorming; Reflection; Speaking; Teamwork
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Common Good; Motivation for Giving; Philanthropic Act

Buckets of Bucks for World Hunger

Through literature and simulation, learners gain an understanding of  the concept of hunger and what they can do about it. Students learn about nutrition and counting money as they define hunger and collect loose change to donate to an organization of their choice. Students create "Stop Hunger Buckets" and initiate a school-wide collection of loose change. The proceeds are donated to a nonprofit organization that feeds people who are hungry.

  1. Just Say "Know" to World Hunger

    ELA: Concept Mapping; Graphic Organizer; Group Discussions; Journaling; Reflection
    MAT: Comparing Numbers
    PHIL: Common Good; Donate; Empathy; Fundraising; Hunger; Philanthropist
    SOC: Consensus; Graphs/Charts/Tables; Health and Disease; Human Rights; Maps/Globes
  2. One Coin at a Time

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Audience; Brainstorming; Communicate; Persuasive Techniques; Presentations; Role-Play; Speaking; Teamwork
    MAT: Addition; Counting; Money
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Donate; Empathy; Helping; Needs Assessment; Reflection; Service
    SCI: Nutrition
    SOC: Advocacy; Analyze/Interpret; Compare/Contrast; Contemporary Issues; Incentives; Wants/Needs
  3. Let's Show What We Know

    ART: Music; Theater; Visual Arts
    ELA: Audience; Communicate; Compare/Contrast; Narrative Writing; Presentations; Retelling; Role-Play; Speaking; Vocabulary
    MAT: Data Collection/Organization; Graphs/Charts/Tables; Money
    PHIL: Donate; Family; Fundraising; Hunger; Reflection; Service
    SOC: Communities; Nonprofit

Buzzing is BEE-lieving

The concepts of self-esteem, respect, philanthropy and community involvement are explored through song, science, books, art, and interaction with another "community." The book Buzzy the Bumblebee teaches about the value of a strong community.

  1. What's All the Buzz About?

    ART-VA: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Buzzy the Bumblebee; Constructing Meaning; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Response to Text/Others; Role-Play; Speaking; Understanding/Interpretation
    MAT: Patterns
    PHIL: Family; Philanthropic Act
  2. Insect Investigator

    ELA: Compare/Contrast; Group Discussions; Questioning
    MAT: Classify; Comparing Numbers; Counting; Data Collection/Organization; Graphs/Charts/Tables
    SCI: Compare/Contrast; Data Analysis/Probability; Data Collection/Organization; Inquiry; Nature
  3. Buzzing into the Community

    ART: Music; Skills; Visual Arts
    ELA: Buzzy the Bumblebee; Communicate; Listening; Presentations; Speaking; Universal Themes; Writing
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Caring/Sharing; Giving; Reflection; Respect; Service; Time/Talent/Treasure; Volunteer
    SOC: 2 genOn; Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Common Good; Communities; Partnership; School Community; Volunteerism
  4. BEE a Part of Our Community

    ELA: Buzzy the Bumblebee; Brainstorming; Constructing Meaning; Listening
    PHIL: Kindness; Reflection; Respect; Social Capital; Time/Talent/Treasure; Trust
    SOC: Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Communities

Can You Lend Me a Hand? (Kindergarten)

Students will listen and respond to the story of The Little Red Hen. The concepts of community and working together for the betterment of the community will be developed.

  1. Can You Lend Me a Hand?

    ELA: Listening; Retelling
    PHIL: 10 lesson genOn; Community
    SOC: Communities; School Community

Caring About the Community

Philanthropy in the community is examined through the children's story A Chair For My Mother. The students learn about the neccesity of saving money in order to reach a material goal. The difference between wants and needs is explored. Students participate in a cooperative project to make a difference in the school or local community. Money values are reinforced through hands-on activities.

  1. The Wants and Needs of Making a Difference

    ELA: Prior Knowledge; Reflection; Response to Text/Others; Universal Themes
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Common Good; Family; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: 8 genOn; Common Good; Neighborhood; Wants/Needs
  2. Saving Makes Cents

    ELA: Understanding/Interpretation
    MAT: Classify; Money
    PHIL: Common Good; Donate; Family; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: 8 genOn; Common Good; Communities; Costs; Family; Wants/Needs
  3. Kids Can Make The Difference

    ELA: Three Questions (The); Brainstorming; Journaling; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: Common Good; Community; Philanthropist; Time/Talent/Treasure; Volunteer
    SOC: 8 genOn; Common Good; Communities

Caring and Sharing with Eric Carle

 The students read two Eric Carle books and through discussion, role-playing, art, and giving, explore the concepts of caring, sharing, cooperation, courtesy, and helpfulness. Adaptable for preschool.

  1. Are You a Grouchy Ladybug?

    ELA: Analyze/Interpret; Brainstorming; Character Perception; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Listening; Reflection; Response to Text/Others; Role-Play; The Grouchy Ladybug; Writing Process
    MAT: Time
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Caring/Sharing; Friendship; Helping; Kindness; Sharing
    SOC: Good Character; Rules
  2. Are You Hungry to Help?

    ELA: Fiction Literature; Reflection
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Advocacy; Caring/Sharing; Hunger; Kindness; Needs Assessment; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Communities

Catch Her If You Can! (2nd Grade)

Students learn how Jackie Joyner-Kersee is a motivator, both as an athlete and a philanthropist. She demonstrated acts of kindness for the common good through building youth centers across the nation.

  1. Catch Her If You Can! (2nd Grade)

    MAT: Measurement
    PHIL: 1 lesson genOn; African American; Career Opportunities; Foundations; Kindness; Time/Talent/Treasure; Women; Youth Club
    SOC: Common Good; Foundations; Historical Biographies; Joyner-Kersee, Jackie

Children Changing Hunger

Through literature and discussion, students recognize that hunger is an issue in their community that they can do something about. Students hold a food collection and use math and writing skills to analyze their collection.

  1. Packing a Sack Supper

    ELA: Communicate; Reading Literature; Reflection; Story Mapping; Vocabulary
    MAT: Counting; Data Collection/Organization
    PHIL: Community; Contributions; Giving; Philanthropist
    SCI: Data Collection/Organization; Nutrition
    SOC: Scarcity; Wants/Needs

Cinderella Project

In this unit, students explore several cultures by reading variations of the Cinderella fairy tale.  They analyze character traits and come to recognize the fairy godmother character as a philanthropist.  Using the character as a role model, the students participate in a service-learning project and raise money to purchase new shoes for children (through a local organization).

  1. Steps of Kindness

    ELA: Brainstorming; Prior Knowledge; Response to Text/Others; Story Elements; Universal Themes; Voice; Writing Process
    MAT: Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: 11 genOn; Collections; Donate; Motivation for Giving
    SOC: 12 genOn; Good Character; Wants/Needs
  2. Searching for Stars

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Compare/Contrast; Graphic Organizer; Response to Text/Others; Story Elements; Universal Themes
    PHIL: 11 genOn; Act of Kindness; Caring/Sharing; Philanthropic Act
    SOC: 12 genOn; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Common Good; Compare/Contrast; Cultures; Good Character; Maps
  3. Cinderella Is A Fella

    ELA: Compare/Contrast; Cultural/Historical Contexts; Main Idea; Prior Knowledge; Story Elements; Vocabulary
    PHIL: 11 genOn; Caring/Sharing; Kindness
    SOC: 12 genOn; Cultures; Maps
  4. Final Steps

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Audience; Letter Writing; Presentations; Reflection; Writing Process
    PHIL: 11 genOn; Fundraising; Philanthropic Act; Reflection
    SOC: 12 genOn

Cinderella Stories (The)

This unit introduces students to the genre of fairy tales. Students compare/contrast different versions of the Cinderella story. Students focus on identifying character traits and discussing the meaning of good character. The issue of not having appropriate clothes to wear is developed into a community project of a clothing drive.

  1. Cinderella

    ELA: Cinderella; Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Concept Mapping; Genre; Response to Text/Others; Retelling; Story Elements; Story Mapping; Universal Themes
    PHIL: Family; Reflection; Selflessness; Service
    SOC: Choices/Consequences; Common Good; Good Character
  2. African Tale (An)

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters; Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Retelling; Universal Themes
    PHIL: African American; Kindness
    SOC: Common Good; Maps
  3. Native American Legend (A)

    ART: Theater
    ELA: Rough-Face Girl (The); Brainstorming; Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Creative Writing; Response to Text/Others; Role-Play; Story Elements
    PHIL: Philanthropic Act
    SOC: Good Character; Native Peoples

Citizenship

Through the book Coming To America, students explore democratic values and the history of how and why people came to America. The students learn that people came to America to enjoy the rights held by American citizens.

  1. Ancestors

    ELA: Retelling
    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Pluralism
    SOC: Coming to America; 1 genOn; 6 genOn; 8 genOn; Colonization/Settlement (1585-1763); Diversity; History to 1620; Human Characteristics of Place; Immigration; Liberty; Maps; Timelines
  2. We Have Rights

    ART: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Community
    SOC: 1 genOn; 6 genOn; 8 genOn; Bill of Rights; Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Communities; Core Democratic Values; Immigration; Justice; Liberty; Rights/Responsibilities
  3. Community Chain

    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Respect
    SOC: 1 genOn; 6 genOn; 8 genOn; Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Communities; Good Character; Justice; Liberty; Rights/Responsibilities; Rule of Law
  4. What We Can Do!

    ART: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Lorax (The); Listening; Retelling
    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Common Good
    SOC: 1 genOn; 6 genOn; 8 genOn; Environment; Natural Resources

Community Collaboration

Students investigate how to improve their community through beautification. They assess the needs of their neighborhood and graph and chart data collected from family interviews. Students develop an understanding of community partnerships and define community organization.

  1. Neighborhood Vision

    ELA: Communicate; Constructing Meaning; Survey
    PHIL: Community; Family; Needs Assessment; Neighborhood; Reflection
    SOC: 8 genOn; Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Economic Sectors; Nonprofit
  2. Match Needs and Helpers

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Brainstorming; Compare/Contrast
    MAT: Data Analysis/Probability; Data Collection/Organization; Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: Community; Needs Assessment
    SOC: Community Helpers; 8 genOn; Common Good; Nonprofit; Partnership; Wants/Needs
  3. Project Collaboration

    ELA: Communicate; Group Discussions; Reflection; Teamwork
    PHIL: Community; Cooperate; Philanthropic Act; Service
    SOC: 8 genOn; Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Common Good; Nonprofit; Partnership

Community Helpers—Mail and Meals

Students will become familiar with the definition of philanthropy and see examples of it in the community, especially in connection with the United Way.  

  1. Joining Community Helpers

    ELA: Interview; Letter Writing; Listening
    PHIL: Donate; Volunteer
    SOC: 10 genOn; 11 genOn; 12 genOn; 8 genOn; Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Community; Giving; Goods and Services; Government; Maps; Reflection; Sharing; United Way; Values

Compliments Can Change the World! (2nd Grade)

 In response to the book, Thank You, Mr. Falker, students identify the negative effects of teasing, bullying and discrimination. The students relate philanthropy to positive treatment and respect for others and consider the effects of their own behavior on others.

  1. Compliments Can Change the World! (2nd Grade)

    ELA: Brainstorming; Cause/Effect; Non-Fiction Literature; Questioning; Reflection; Social/Cultural Issues; Teamwork; Understanding; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    PHIL: 1 lesson genOn; Justice
    SOC: Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Community; Diversity; Equality; Good Character; Inquiry; Rights/Responsibilities

Different! Diverse! Dynamic! (K-2)

The purpose of this unit is to increase students’ awareness of the differences among us. Three insightful children’s stories focus on the philanthropy theme of selflessness as part of daily living. The students will participate in activities that teach tolerance, regardless of challenges and diversity. 

  1. Late Bloomers (K-2)

    ELA: Reading; Response to Text/Others
    MAT: Graphs/Charts/Tables; Numbers
    PHIL: 1 genOn; Respect
    SCI: Heredity
    SOC: 8 genOn; Common Good; Diversity; Good Character; Timelines; Tolerance; Values
  2. Teaching Peace through Literature and Song (K-2)

    ART: Music: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Thank You, Mr. Falker; Presentations; Response to Text/Others; Theme
    PHIL: Respect; Time/Talent/Treasure; Volunteer
    SOC: Choices/Consequences; Common Good; Discrimination; Diversity; Human Rights
  3. What Do Stories Share? (K-2)

    ELA: Response to Text/Others; Theme; Writing Process
    PHIL: Respect
    SOC: Choices/Consequences; Common Good; Tolerance
  4. Looks Like Respect, Sounds Like Respect, Feels Like (K-2)

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Constructing Meaning
    PHIL: Respect
    SOC: Cultures; Discrimination; Diversity; Ethics; Good Character; Personal Virtue; Values
  5. I Feel Angry or Sad When… (K-2)

    ART: Theater: Interdisciplinary; Theater: Perform
    PHIL: Altruism; Cooperate; Empathy; Ennobled Self; Selflessness
    SOC: Common Good; Ethics; Good Character; Rule of Law; Tolerance
  6. Is There a Stone in My Soup? (K-2)

    ELA: Stone Soup; Interview; Writing Process
    MAT: Estimation; Numbers; Patterns
    PHIL: Cooperate; Giving; Need; Reflection; Respect; Survey; Tolerance
    SOC: Common Good; Diversity; Rules; Volunteerism

Disaster Relief - You Can Count On Me! (K-2)

The most effective way to help people recover from a natural disaster may be to donate funds. This lesson introduces vocabulary terms spend, save, and donate and explores different styles of philanthropy.

  1. Disaster Relief - You Can Count On Me! (K-2)

    ART-M: Music: Perform
    ELA: Sam and the Lucky Money; Listening; Literature; Personal Response; Response to Text/Others
    MAT: Counting; Graphs/Charts/Tables; Money
    PHIL: 11 genOn; Donate; Emergency Response; Giving; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Philanthropist; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Common Good; Disaster: Natural; Maps

Diverse Community: Who Is My Neighbor? (K-2)

Children play a game to build understanding of personal strengths and cooperative work. They discuss how cooperation can help the common good of their neighborhood. The children work cooperatively to make a paper quilt displaying the strengths of the group as they make the neighborhood a better place.

  1. Cooperation Game

    ELA: Communicate; Teamwork
    PHIL: Cooperate; Neighborhood
    SOC: Common Good; Communities; Cooperative Groups
  2. Working Together in the Neighborhood

    ELA: Language/Style; Reflection; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: Need; Neighborhood
    SOC: Common Good; Community; Global Issues
  3. Helping Neighbors

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Communicate; Letter Writing; Teamwork
    PHIL: Cooperate; Donate; Neighborhood; Philanthropic Act
    SOC: Common Good; Cooperative Groups

Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior - His Life, His Legacy

Through literature, students learn about the life and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and give examples of how Dr. King was a philanthropist. Literature, songs, and personal experiences help the students recognize the injustice of discrimination and embrace the values of fairness and equality. 

  1. The Man, The Dream

    ART-VA: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: My Dream of Martin Luther King; Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. (A); Biography; Journaling; Listening; Reflection
    PHIL: Activism; African American; Giving; Heroes; Justice; Leadership; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: King, Jr., Martin Luther; 1 genOn; Civil Rights; Common Good; Good Character; Justice; MLK
  2. Reaching to the Clouds for Equality

    ART-VA: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Martin's Big Words: Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (The); Biography; Constructing Meaning; Group Discussions; Journaling; Listening; Personal Response; Reflection; Role-Play; Universal Themes
    PHIL: Activism; African American; Common Good; Conflict Resolution; Philanthropist; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: 1 genOn
  3. The Many Shades of Our World

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Listening; Personal Response; Poetry; Speaking
    PHIL: Common Good; Respect; Sensitivity
    SOC: 1 genOn; Civil Rights; Discrimination; Equality
  4. Bringing Us Together

    ART-VA: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Listening; Personal Response; Speaking; Writing
    PHIL: Common Good; Sharing; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: 1 genOn; Civil Rights; Common Good; Equality; Good Character

Drumming from the Heart

The purpose of this lesson is to have students identify the shared gifts in the folktale, "The Drum" and make drums using different recyclable containers and colorful craft supplies. Students visit a local preschool or retirement facility of their choosing to read aloud a book they wrote and illustrated about generous giving. They share a drumming performance and give the drums and books as gifts.

  1. Learning the Beat

    ELA: Drum (The); Character Development; Chronology; Compare/Contrast; Folktales; Listening; Questioning; Response to Text/Others
    MAT: Ordinal/Cardinal Numbers
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Empathy; Reflection; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Common Good; Economics; Wants/Needs
  2. Beat by Beat

    ART: Music; Visual Arts
    ELA: Drum (The); Audience; Creative Writing; Folktales; Reading; Retelling; Teamwork
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Caring/Sharing; Donate; Needs Assessment; Service; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Common Good; Communities; Volunteerism
  3. Sharing the Beat

    ART: Music; Theater; Visual Arts
    ELA: Drum (The); Audience; Communicate; Folktales; Presentations; Reflection; Retelling; Speaking; Teamwork
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Caring/Sharing; Cooperate; Donate; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Communities; Volunteerism

Earth Day for a Small World (2nd Grade)

 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."

  1. Earth Day for a Small World (2nd Grade)

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Earth and I (The); Brainstorming; Group Discussions
    PHIL: 4 lesson genOn; Common Good; Environmental Stewardship; Stewardship
    SCI: Environment
    SOC: Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Environment; Natural Resources

Earth Keepers

Learners gain an understanding of the importance of environmental stewardship and how they can participate. Learners gain awareness that they are part of a whole and that they have a responsibility to participate in caring for the Earth.

  1. Watercolor Ways

    ELA: Brainstorming; Cause/Effect; Main Idea; Reflection
    PHIL: Stewardship; 10 genOn; 4 genOn; Environmental Stewardship; Global Community; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Philanthropic Literature; Recycling; Social Action
    SOC: Environment; Maps/Globes; Physical Characteristics of Place
  2. Beginning At Home

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Great Trash Bash (The); Wartville Wizard (The); Listening; Writing Mechanics
    PHIL: 4 genOn; Environmental Stewardship; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Recycling; Stewardship; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Communities; Environment; Group Discussions; Pollution
  3. The Great School Clean-Up

    ELA: Journaling; Reflection
    PHIL: 4 genOn; Environmental Stewardship; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Recycling; Social Action; Stewardship; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Environment; Volunteerism

Environment: Sustaining Our World (K-2)

Students recognize that they belong to a global community that shares resources and interests. They understand the difference between common resources and private property. They respond to the story The Earth and I by Frank Asch by creating watercolor illustrations of themselves acting as environmental stewards. 

  1. It Is a Small World

    PHIL: ; 4 genOn; Commons; Community
    SOC: Geography; Resources,Maps/Globes
  2. There Is So Much to Share

    PHIL: Enlightened Self-Interest; Stewardship
    SOC: Environment
  3. Taking Care of the Earth

    ART: Visual Arts
    PHIL: Stewardship
    SOC: Common Good; Environment

Flowers and a Beautiful World (1st Grade)

This lesson demonstrates to the learners that by enhancing and caring for the environment they are performing acts of philanthropy.Learners study the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly and learn how it is dependent on the milkweed plant for survival.

  1. Flowers and a Beautiful World (1st Grade)

    ELA: Brainstorming; Character Development; Group Discussions; Main Idea; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: 4 lesson genOn; Act of Kindness; Caring/Sharing; Common Good; Community; Environmental Stewardship; Motivation for Giving; Philanthropic Literature; Selflessness; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SCI: Environment
    SOC: Common Good

Freedom, Fairness and Philanthropy

Learn about philanthropy through the stories of Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. These three women model bravery, determination, and selflessness while living in a world in which the odds were against them.

  1. Harriet Tubman

    ELA: Biography; Perception
    PHIL: 2 genOn; Common Good; Family; Heroes; Minorities; Philanthropic Act; Selflessness; Trust
    SOC: Abolition; Common Good; Core Democratic Values; Diverse Communities; Equality; Freedom; Liberty; Minorities; Slavery; Tubman, Harriet; Underground Railroad
  2. This is Rosa Parks

    ART: Visual Arts: Perform
    ELA: Biography; Compare/Contrast
    PHIL: Activism; African American; Common Good; Community; Heroes
    SOC: Civil Rights; Communities; Laws; Parks, Rosa; Racism; Tubman, Harriet
  3. Jackie Joyner-Kersee

    ART-VA: Visual Arts: Perform
    ELA: Biography
    MAT: Measurement
    PHIL: African American; Career Opportunities; Foundations; Time/Talent/Treasure; Women; Youth Club
    SOC: Common Good; Foundations; Historical Biographies; Joyner-Kersee, Jackie

Friends Helping Friends to Prevent Bullying

Learners define bullying behavior and describe what bullying looks and feels like. In contrast, they experience the feelings of being helpful and kind to peers when they need it. Role-playing responses to bullying behavior leads to a discussion of ways to promote kind behaviors at school and decrease bullying behaviors. Learners take action for the common good to promote kindness in their school. They create posters to display around school with messages that promote kindness or teach people how to respond to bullying.

 

  1. Words Can Hurt

    ELA: Group Discussions; Literary Response; Reflection; Viewpoint
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Caring/Sharing; Friendship; Kindness; Sensitivity; Trust
    SOC: Bullying; Choices/Consequences; Communities
  2. Buckets of Kindness

    ART: Theater
    ELA: Chrysanthemum; Have you Filled a Bucket Today?; Brainstorming; Listening; Nonverbal Communication; Role-Play; Teamwork
    PHIL: Advocacy; Community; Courage; Friendship; Kindness; Responsibility; Trust
    SOC: Bullying; Choices/Consequences; Common Good; School Community
  3. Spreading the Kind Word

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Audience; Communicate; Presentations; Role-Play
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Caring/Sharing; Community; Compliments; Conflict Resolution; Needs Assessment; Reflection
    SOC: Bullying; Civic Responsibilit/Virtue; Common Good; Communities; Good Character

Give It Back from a Snack

Students learn about entrepreneurship and philanthropy through the process of researching nonprofits and selling snacks in school to raise money to address a community need they have identified.

  1. Kids' Kompany

    ELA: Literature; Prior Knowledge; Response to Text/Others; Understanding/Interpretation; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Common Good; Fundraising; Health; Self Interest; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Economics; Investment; Profit
  2. Invest with the Best

    ELA: Role-Play; Survey; Teamwork
    MAT: Classify; Counting; Data Analysis/Probability; Data Collection/Organization; Problem Solving; Tables
    PHIL: Common Good; Commons; Cooperate; Health; Service Plan; Wants/Needs
    SCI: Graphs/Charts/Tables
    SOC: 10 genOn; Analyze/Interpret; Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Common Good; Consumers; Production/Producer; Profit; Wants/Needs
  3. Cent Sense

    ELA: Questioning; Survey
    MAT: Attributes; Classify; Comparing Numbers; Data Collection/Organization; Graphs/Charts/Tables; Money
    PHIL: Budget; Health; Personal Wealth
    SOC: 10 genOn; Analyze/Interpret; Banking System; Costs; Spending
  4. Appeal for the Meal

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Good Lemonade; Advertising/Marketing; Brainstorming; Listening; Literary Response; Personal Response; Writing Process
    MAT: Counting; Money
    PHIL: Donate; Fundraising; Giving; Health; Philanthropic Act; Volunteer
    SOC: 10 genOn; Costs; Economics; Trade; Volunteerism; Voting
  5. Philanthropy Market Is Open Today (The)

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Fact/Opinion; Letter Writing; Vocabulary; Writing Mechanics
    MAT: Addition; Calculators; Counting; Mathematical Vocabulary; Money; Numbers; Predict; Problem Solving; Sort/Classify
    PHIL: Career Opportunities; Common Good; Community; Cooperate; Donate; Fundraising; Giving; Health; Motivation for Giving; Philanthropic Act; Time/Talent/Treasure; Volunteer
    SCI: Food; Graphs/Charts/Tables; Health; Nutrition
    SOC: Career Opportunities; Common Good; Consumers; Cooperative Groups; Costs; Currency; For-Profit; Health and Disease; Labor; Marketplace; Profit; Salary; School Community

Giving from the Heart

Through performing a short play based on the book Quiltmaker’s Gift, the students gain practice in using the Arts to do something for the common good.

  1. Giving from the Heart

    ELA: Audience; Fiction Literature; Role-Play; Teamwork
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Art from the Heart; Caring/Sharing; Common Good; Giving; Helping; Philanthropist; Selflessness; Volunteer
    SOC: 2 lesson genOn

Global Education: Why Learn? (K-2)

Through discussion and a game, children identify the value of education to individuals and the community. Children hear a true story about a woman who performs a brave act for the common good. Children learn facts about learning around the globe.

  1. Learning Opportunities around the World

    ELA: Group Discussions; Listening; Reflection
    PHIL: Commons; Community; Family; Global Community; School Climate
    SOC: Common Good; School Community
  2. Making a Difference Globally

    ELA: Literary Response; Response to Text/Others; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Activism; Benefits; Perseverance; Philanthropic Act
    SOC: Common Good; Communities; Global Issues
  3. A Read-In

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Personal Response; Resources; Teamwork
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Charity; Common Good; Donate
    SOC: Global Issues; Nonprofit

Global Health: Hunger and Food Around the Globe (K-2)

Children learn about people around the world who experience food insecurity. They discuss what it feels like to be hungry and read about the work of soup kitchens and other efforts to bring food to people who are hungry.

  1. Favorite Foods

    ELA: Group Discussions; Response to Text/Others; Understanding/Interpretation
    PHIL: 5 genOn; Caring/Sharing; Empathy; Family; Global Community; Hunger; Need; Neighborhood; Reflection; Sensitivity
    SOC: Communities; Economics; Health and Disease; Maps/Globes; Volunteerism
  2. A Billion Hungry People

    ELA: Group Discussions; Listening; Personal Response
    MAT: Comparing Numbers; Counting; Numbers
    PHIL: 5 genOn; Empathy; Global Community; Hunger; Need; Reflection
    SOC: Economics; Equality; Health and Disease; Justice; Simulation
  3. Helping People Who Are Hungry

    ELA: Fable; Group Discussions; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: 5 genOn; Act of Kindness; Community; Donate; Needs Assessment; Problem Solving; Reflection; Service; Volunteer
    SOC: Choices/Consequences; Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Common Good; Communities; Decision-Making Model; Economics; Social Action

Go, Johnny, Go!

Through the example of Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman), the learners develop a deeper understanding of how Environmental Stewardship and Philanthropy are related. A science component explores how the apple tree (and other trees) benefits the environment and people.

  1. Johnny Be Good

    ELA: Cause/Effect; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Reading
    PHIL: 10 genOn; 4 genOn; Caring/Sharing; Common Good; Environmental Stewardship; Giving; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SCI: Environment
    SOC: 8 genOn; Common Good; Communities; Compare/Contrast; Environment; Good Character
  2. An Apple a Day

    ART-VA: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree (The); Chronology; Non-Fiction Literature
    PHIL: 10 genOn; 4 genOn; Environmental Stewardship; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment
    SCI: Cycles; Environment; Plants
  3. Dig Those Holes

    ART-M: Music: Perform
    ELA: Johnny Appleseed; Brainstorming; Letter Writing; Reflection
    PHIL: Common Good; Commons; Environmental Stewardship; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Self Interest; Selflessness; Service Project
    SCI: Environment; Plants
    SOC: 10 genOn; 4 genOn; Common Good; Communities; Environment; Natural Resources
  4. Apple-icious

    ART-T: Theater: Perform
    ART-VA: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Letter Writing; Reading; Role-Play
    MAT: Counting; Measurement
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Caring/Sharing; Environmental Stewardship; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SCI: Cause/Effect; Heat
    SOC: 10 genOn; 4 genOn; Common Good; Good Character

Good Will—Three Chinese Stories

In this unit, the students hear three beautiful stories of Chinese literature. Two are folk tales from ancient China, and the third is present day in North America. The learners explore decision-making and the consequences of choices made. The conclusion/moral is that selfless choices have their own rewards.

  1. Helping Others

    ELA: Seven Chinese Brothers (The); Cultural/Historical Contexts; Listening; Response to Text/Others; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Common Good; Serial Reciprocity; Time/Talent/Treasure; Volunteer
    SOC: China; Cultures; Discrimination; Tolerance
  2. Giving Generously

    ELA: Cultural/Historical Contexts; Response to Text/Others; Writing Mechanics; Writing Process
    MAT: Fractions; Measurement
    PHIL: Cultures; Selflessness
    SOC: China; Human Characteristics of Place; Maps
  3. Seems Like a Million Bucks

    ELA: Cultural/Historical Contexts; Personal Response; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: Nonprofit; Profit; Respect; Selflessness; Tolerance
    SOC: China; Chinese New Year; Communities; Wants/Needs

Grow Involved K-2

The students learn about giving and sharing through listening to and responding to literature books. The "big" word and concept of philanthropy (giving time, talent and treasure for the common good) is introduced. They show caring by doing a simple service project, and they choose a group to receive their creations. 

  1. Big Words (Introduction Grade K-2)

    ELA: Vocabulary
    PHIL: 1 genOn; Caring/Sharing; Leadership; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: King, Jr., Martin Luther; Advocacy; Civil Rights; Good Character
  2. Giving Cheer (Kindergarten)

    ELA: Character Development; Letter Writing; Point of View; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Caring/Sharing; Community; Philanthropist; Time/Talent/Treasure
  3. Animals Matter (Grade 1)

    ELA: Fiction Literature; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Community; Sensitivity; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SCI: Adaptation; Animals
    SOC: Common Good; Communities
  4. Home Away from Home (Grade 2)

    ELA: Constructing Meaning; Point of View; Reading; Vocabulary
    MAT: Measurement; Numbers
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Caring/Sharing; Time/Talent/Treasure; Volunteer
    SOC: Common Good; Communities

Growing as a Group

Kindergarteners learn that school is a community, and they all do better when they work together, share, and cooperate. These simple philanthropy lessons may be used in first and second grade as well.
  1. Sharing is Caring

    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Problem Solving
    SOC: 10 genOn; Decision Making Model; Goods and Services; Resources; Scarcity; School Community
  2. Compliments and Feelings

    ELA: Communicate; Group Discussions; Journaling; Reflection
    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Caring/Sharing; Compliments; School Climate
    SOC: 10 genOn; Choices/Consequences; Good Character; Point of View; Values
  3. Polite Listeners and Traffic Rules

    ELA: Listening; Poetry; Prior Knowledge; Reflection
    PHIL: 9/11genOn; School Climate; School Rules
    SOC: 10 genOn; Good Character; Personal Virtue; Rule of Law; Rules; Values
  4. Class Rules (Responsible Personal Conduct)

    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Common Good; School Climate; School Rules
    SOC: 10 genOn; Choices/Consequences; Consensus; Decision Making Model; Democratic Values; Personal Virtue; Rule of Law; Rules
  5. Hands are for Helping (Responsible Personal Conduct)

    ELA: Brainstorming; Journaling; Prior Knowledge; Reflection
    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Caring/Sharing; Common Good; Cooperate; School Climate
    SOC: 10 genOn; Communities; Good Character; Interdependence; Personal Virtue; Rules; Values
  6. Angry Feelings (Responsible Personal Conduct)

    ELA: Brainstorming; Journaling; Reflection
    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Problem Solving
    SOC: 10 genOn; Choices/Consequences; Conflict Resolution; Good Character; Rules
  7. Picture-Go-Round (Responsible Personal Conduct)

    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Caring/Sharing; Cooperate; School Climate
    SOC: 10 genOn; Choices/Consequences; Conflict Resolution; Cooperate; Interdependence; Personal Virtue
  8. Rolling in Dough (Responsible Personal Conduct)

    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Caring/Sharing; Cooperate; School Rules
    SOC: 10 genOn; Choices/Consequences; Conflict Resolution
  9. Service Project (Citizen Involvement)

    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Caring/Sharing; Community; Contribute; Need; Service Project
    SOC: 10 genOn; Brainstorming; Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Goods and Services; Interdependence; Resources; Scarcity; Voting; Wants/Needs

Growing Our Future

Students learn about the importance of trees to the environment and plant new trees and recycle waste paper to make mulch. Through literature, video, music, and drama, they reflect on making a difference in their community.  They learn about recycling and composting.

  1. Speaking for the Trees

    ELA: Lorax (The); Analyze/Interpret; Brainstorming; Graphic Organizer; Listening; Main Idea; Response to Text/Others; Role-Play
    PHIL: 4 genOn; Common Good; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Selflessness; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Choices/Consequences; Common Good; Economics; Environment; Natural Resources
  2. A Potting We Will Go

    ART: Music; Visual Arts
    ELA: Tree is Nice (A); Listening; Reflection; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: 4 genOn; Common Good; Community; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment
    SCI: Natural Resources; Nature; Plants
    SOC: Environment
  3. A Planting We Will Go

    ART: Music: Perform; Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Journaling; Letter Writing; Listening; Poetry
    PHIL: 4 genOn; Common Good; Commons; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Stewardship; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SCI: Environment
    SOC: Common Good; Maps
  4. A Shredding We Will Go

    ELA: Audience; Letter Writing; Response to Text/Others
    MAT: Data Collection/Organization; Measurement
    PHIL: 4 genOn; Common Good; Commons; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Recycling; Service Plan; Stewardship
    SCI: Ecology

Healthy Youth, Healthy Community (K-2)

Students explore healthy living habits for themselves and for their community. They practice making healthy food choices, exercising and helping people of the community do the same. Learners develop a service-learning project based on a community needs assessment.
  1. Healthy Classroom Community

    PHIL: Community; Cooperate; Trust
    SCI: Food; Health; Nutrition
    SOC: Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Communities; Healthy Community; Rules
  2. Building Blocks of Health

    ELA: Analyze/Interpret; Brainstorming; Group Discussions; Non-Fiction Literature; Reflection
    PHIL: Advocacy
    SCI: Food; Health; Nutrition
    SOC: Communities; Healthy Community
  3. Healthy Balance

    ELA: Brainstorming; Communicate: Fiction Literature
    PHIL: Community
    SCI: Data Collection; Food; Health; Nutrition; Observation
    SOC: Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Communities; Healthy Community
  4. Media Messages and Healthy Choices

    MAT: Data Collection/Organization; Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: Philanthropic Act
    SCI: Food; Health; Nutrition
    SOC: Communities; Healthy Community; Wants/Needs
  5. What Is My Responsibility?

    ELA: Brainstorming
    PHIL: Community; Helping; Needs; Philanthropic Act
    SCI: Food; Health; Nutrition
    SOC: Communities; Healthy Community

Helping Others to Feed Themselves

Students learn about  a nutritiously balanced diet. They discover that all over the world there are people who are not able to provide this to their families. The class participates in the Heifer International’s Read-to-Feed Program. 

  1. What Is My Plate?

    ELA: Literary Response; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: 11 genOn; 5 genOn; Health
    SCI: Ecosystems; Nutrition
    SOC: 12 genOn; 4 genOn; Consumers; Cooperative Groups; Family; Opportunity Costs
  2. What Is a Balanced Menu?

    ELA: Analyze/Interpret
    PHIL: 11 genOn; 5 genOn; Health
    SCI: Nutrition
    SOC: 12 genOn; 4 genOn; Consumers; Research
  3. World Hunger

    ART: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Compare/Contrast; Listening; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: 11 genOn; 5 genOn; Benefits; Caring/Sharing; Family; Giving; Health; Need; Philanthropic Literature; Philanthropic Organization
    SCI: Environment; Nature; Nutrition
    SOC: 12 genOn; 4 genOn; Communities; Consumers; Environment; Family; Opportunity Costs; Production/Producer; Resources; Scarcity
  4. Read to Feed

    ELA: Letter Writing; Reading
    MAT: Counting; Money
    PHIL: 11 genOn; 5 genOn; Act of Kindness; Benefits; Fundraising; Health; Hunger; Philanthropic Act; Reflection; Stewardship
    SCI: Animals; Nature
    SOC: 12 genOn; 4 genOn; Communities; Currency; Decision Making Model; Diversity; Environment; Family; Natural Resources; Opportunity Cost; Scarcity

How About a Hand?

Good literature can do a powerful job of helping young children learn be good citizens and caring people in the community, school, and home. Through eight stories, children will learn different ways to give.

  1. Who Will Help?

    ELA: Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Plot Development; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Response to Text/Others; Story Elements; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    MAT: Measurement
    PHIL: Selflessness; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: 10 genOn; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Common Good; Communities; Good Character; Goods and Services; Wants/Needs
  2. Valuing Others

    ART: Theater
    ELA: Noisy Nora; Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Plot Development; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Reflection; Response to Text/Others; Role-Play; Story Elements; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    MAT: Calculators; Counting; Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: Community; Family; Time/Talent/Treasure; Trust
    SOC: 10 genOn
  3. Yes, You Can!

    ART: Theater: Perform
    ELA: Amazing Grace; Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Plot Development; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Response to Text/Others; Role-Play; Story Elements; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    MAT: Counting; Estimation
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Family; Minorities; Time/Talent/Treasure
  4. How Should You Treat Younger Children?

    ELA: Julius, Baby of the World; Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Plot Development; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Reflection; Response to Text/Others; Story Elements; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    MAT: Estimation
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Family; Sensitivity; Service Project
    SOC: 10 genOn; Common Good; Rules
  5. Working Together To Solve a Problem

    ELA: Selavi, That is Life: A Haitian Story of Hope; Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Listening; Plot Development; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Response to Text/Others; Story Elements; Universal Themes
    MAT: Data Collection/Organization; Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: Cooperate; Homelessness; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: 10 genOn; 6 genOn; Communities
  6. Making the World a More Beautiful Place

    ELA: Miss Rumphius; Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Plot Development; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Reflection; Response to Text/Others; Story Elements; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    MAT: Estimation; Measurement
    PHIL: Community
  7. Welcome to the Class

    ART: Theater: Perform
    ELA: Brand New Kid (The); Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Plot Development; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Reflection; Response to Text/Others; Role-Play; Story Elements; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Cooperate
    SOC: Conflict Resolution; Core Democratic Values; Rules
  8. Recognizing How We Are Alike

    ELA: Sneetches (The); Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Plot Development; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Reflection; Response to Text/Others; Story Elements; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    MAT: Attributes; Sort/Classify
    PHIL: Pluralism; Respect
    SOC: Human Characteristics of Place

How About a Hand? (1st Grade)

Students listen and respond to a story about a young girl who creates a special “rose garden.” Her boundless energy, giving spirit and continued optimism are infectious and help to unite her neighborhood in the spirit of giving and cooperation.

 

  1. How About a Hand? (1st Grade)

    ELA: Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Plot Development; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Reflection; Response to Text/Others; Story Elements; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    PHIL: 11 lesson genOn; 12 lesson genOn; Cooperate; Giving; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Communities

How the Cookie Crumbles

Students explore the idea of building trust by being trustworthy and showing concern for the common good. The creative hands-on sharing activity makes a personal impact on students.

  1. Trust

    PHIL: Conflict Resolution; Trust
    SOC: 8 genOn; Core Democratic Values; Good Character; Reflection
  2. Trust Banner

    PHIL: Time/Talent/Treasure; Trust
    SOC: Good Character
  3. Cookie Share (The)

    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; School Climate; Trust
    SOC: 10 genOn; Community

I'm in a Tizzy! How Can I Help? (Kindergarten)

A children's story introduces unconditional kindness and demonstrates reaching out to someone who is lonely. Students learn that one act of kindness can lead to other acts of kindness. Acts of kindness are acts of philanthropy.

  1. I'm in a Tizzy! How Can I Help? (Kindergarten)

    ELA: Brainstorming; Cause/Effect; Questioning; Reflection; Social/Cultural Issues; Teamwork; Understanding; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    PHIL: 1 lesson genOn; Act of Kindness; Compliments; Family; Justice; Kindness; Neighborhood; Serial Reciprocity; Sharing; Time/Talent/Treasure; Volunteer
    SOC: Communities; Justice; Volunteerism

Investing In Others (K-2)

Students gain awareness of and empathy for differences between their wants and needs and the wants and needs of others. They discuss the read-aloud book Sam and the Lucky Money and build understanding of the choices we make with our assets, like time and talent. They explore ways they can share their time, talent, and treasure with someone with different needs and wants than their own.

  1. What Would You Do With Twenty Dollars?

    ELA: Group Discussions; Personal Response; Viewpoing
    MAT: Money
    PHIL: Empathy; Global Community; Reflection; Respect
    SOC: Cultures; Currency; Global Issues
  2. Define Wants and Needs

    ELA: Reflection; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Donate; Global Community; Need
    SOC: Economics; Financial Resources; Global Issues; Spending
  3. What Do I Have to Give?

    ELA: Brainstorming; Constructing Meaning; Group Discussions; Personal Response
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Donate; Need; Philanthropic Act; Reflection

Johnny Be Good (1st Grade)

Students define philanthropy and identify ways Johnny Appleseed acted as a philanthropist through environmental stewardship. After identifying ways in which they personally act as philanthropists, they will raise awareness of philanthropy in the school and home.

  1. Johnny Be Good (1st Grade)

    ELA: Cause/Effect; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Reading
    PHIL: 4 lesson genOn; Caring/Sharing; Common Good; Environmental Stewardship; Giving; Stewardship; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Communities; Compare/Contrast; Environment; Good Character

Kwanzaa: Unity Within Community

The students learn the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Students are challenged to apply the principles to their everyday lives in a way that enhances the communities to which they belong. They demonstrate their understanding through the arts and relate it to some aspect of their own lives.

  1. What Is Kwanzaa?

    ART: Music; Visual Arts
    ELA: Cultural/Historical Contexts; Main Idea; Response to Text/Others; Summarizing/Paraphrasing
    PHIL: African American; Common Good; Community; Need
    SOC: 1 genOn; 12 genOn; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Common Good; Communities; Cultural Regions; Human Characteristics of Place
  2. Habari Gani (What Is the News?)

    ART: Dance; Music; Visual Arts
    ELA: Analyze/Interpret; Brainstorming; Constructing Meaning; Nonverbal Communication; Reflection; Response to Text/Others; Teamwork
    PHIL: African American; Common Good; Community
    SOC: 1 genOn; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Common Good; Communities; Good Character
  3. Habari Gani: The Last Four Principles

    ART: Dance; Music; Visual Arts
    ELA: Analyze/Interpret; Brainstorming; Constructing Meaning; Nonverbal Communication; Reflection; Response to Text/Others; Teamwork
    PHIL: African American; Caring/Sharing; Common Good; Community; Family; Opportunity Costs; Selflessness
    SOC: 1 genOn; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Common Good; Communities; Good Character

Let's Make Lemonade

Students gain understanding of philanthropy through literature, media and personal experiences. The students create and run a lemonade stand to raise funds for a local non-profit organization.

  1. What is a Philanthropist?

    ELA: Character Development; Reflection; Retelling
    MAT: Classify; Data Collection/Organization; Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: Philanthropist
    SOC: 8 genOn; Communities; Ethics; Natural Characteristics of Place
  2. Philanthropy in Song

    ART-M: Music: Perform
    ELA: Reading
    PHIL: Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Citizenship/Civic Engagement
  3. What's the Big Idea?

    ELA: If God Gives You Lemons; Response to Text/Others
    MAT: Patterns
    PHIL: Community; Need; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Communities; Wants/Needs
  4. Who's Going to Help?

    ELA: Little Red Hen (The); Listening; Reading; Response to Text/Others; Speaking
    MAT: Numbers
    PHIL: Donate; Giving
    SOC: Choices/Consequences; Goods and Services; Wants/Needs
  5. Get Ready, Get Set, Squeeze!

    ELA: Coin Counting Book (The); Expository Text
    MAT: Classify; Data Collection/Organization; Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: Service
    SOC: Need
  6. Purchasing Power

    ELA: Journaling; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: Community; Need; Reflection
    SOC: Need

Let's Play and Learn

Learners explore the important role that rules play at home and school, as well as in the games they play. With a deck of playing cards, the learners play simple games that practice math concepts and cooperative play. This unit serves as a precursor to the more complicated game of Mini Bridge.

  1. Rules of the Game

    ELA: Listening; Non-Fiction Literature; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Bridge LEAGUE; Cooperate; Family; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: School Bridge; School Rules
    SOC: Cause/Effect; Rules
  2. Let's Play

    ELA: Vocabulary
    MAT: Counting; Patterns; Similarity; Sort/Classify; Time
    PHIL: Bridge LEAGUE; Cooperate; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: School Bridge
    SOC: Rules
  3. Let's Play Another Game

    ELA: Listening; Vocabulary
    MAT: Attributes; Counting; Patterns; Similarity; Sort/Classify
    PHIL: Bridge LEAGUE; Cooperate; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: School Bridge
    SOC: Rules
  4. Let's Play One More Time

    ELA: Listening; Vocabulary
    MAT: Comparing Numbers; Counting; Numeral Patterns; Similarity; Sort/Classify; Symbols
    PHIL: Bridge LEAGUE; Cooperate; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: School Bridge
    SOC: Location; Rules
  5. Playing Tricks, Trump, and Whist

    ELA: Listening; Teamwork; Vocabulary
    MAT: Comparing Numbers; Counting; Numeral Patterns; Predict; Similarity; Sort/Classify
    PHIL: Bridge LEAGUE; Cooperate; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: School Bridge
    SOC: Cause/Effect; Rules

Linked Together (2nd Grade)

United States citizens not only have individual rights as citizens but also responsibilities. Local governments balance these individual rights with the common good to solve local community problems. With these skills, students will be able to get along better in their classroom, neighborhood and community if they do their duty as good citizens.

  1. Linked Together (2nd Grade)

    PHIL: 5 lesson genOn; Community; Rules
    SOC: Bill of Rights; Communities; Freedom; Laws; Political Freedom

Living In a Community

Students explore the concept of community and perform a service in order to recognize their responsibility to their community. The students take a field trip to a local community business district/downtown and learn about the four sectors: business, government, nonprofit, and family. 

  1. What Is a Community?

    ELA: Brainstorming; Non-Fiction Literature; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: Common Good; Community; Cooperate; Helping; Neighborhood
    SOC: 8 genOn; Common Good; Communities; Natural Characteristics of Place; School Community
  2. Our Classroom Is a Community

    ELA: Brainstorming; Constructing Meaning; Expository Writing
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Common Good; Community; Cooperate; Helping; Philanthropic Act; School Climate; Time/Talent/Treasure; Trust
    SOC: Common Good; Communities; Family; School Community
  3. Exporing Our Community

    ART: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: City Mouse & Country Mouse; Brainstorming; Fiction Literature; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: Community; Cooperate; Neighborhood
    SOC: Communities; Cooperative Groups; Human Characteristics of Place
  4. Profit and Nonprofit Organizations

    ELA: Journaling; Predicting; Understanding/Interpretation; Viewing
    PHIL: Common Good; Community; Nonprofit Sector
    SOC: Common Good; Communities; Economics; Natural Characteristics of Place
  5. Providing Service for a Nonprofit

    ART-VA: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Brainstorming; Letter Writing; Teamwork
    PHIL: Community; Cooperate; Philanthropic Act; Sensitivity; Service Plan; Time/Talent/Treasure; Volunteer
    SOC: 10 genOn; Communities; Cooperative Groups; Nonprofit Organizations; Wants/Needs

Living in a Community: Intro. to Philanthropy Unit (1st)

Students learn what it is to be a philanthropist. The students recognize their classroom is a community that works together for the common good. Students gain understanding through literature, song, and personal experiences of what it means to be both a community member and a philanthropist.

  1. What Is a Philanthropist?: Philanthropy Lesson (1st)

    ELA: Character Development; Reflection; Retelling
    MAT: Classify; Data Collection/Organization; Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Giving; Philanthropist
    SOC: Communities; Ethics; Natural Characteristics of Place
  2. Philanthropy in Song: Philanthropy Lesson (1st)

    ART: Music
    ELA: Take Me Out of the Bathtub; Reading
    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Caring/Sharing; Philanthropic Act; Philanthropist; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Citizenship/Civic Engagement
  3. Our Classroom is a Community: Philanthropy Lesson (1st)

    ELA: Brainstorming; Constructing Meaning; Expository Writing
    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Caring/Sharing; Common Good; Community; Cooperate; Giving; Helping; Philanthropic Act; School Climate; Time/Talent/Treasure; Trust
    SOC: Common Good; Communities; Family

Making the World a More Beautiful Place (Kindergarten)

Read literature that illustrates how responsible citizens participate constructively in maintaining and enhancing the environment.

  1. Making the World a More Beautiful Place (Kindergarten)

    ELA: Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Plot Development; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Reflection; Response to Text/Others; Story Elements; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    PHIL: 4 lesson genOn; Art from the Heart; Caring/Sharing; Community; Environmental Stewardship; Giving; Responsibility
    SOC: 2 lesson genOn

Many Hands Together Make a Lighter Load
(2nd Grade)

Many students are unsure what the term homeless means or how to help those that are homeless. This lesson will help then get a better understanding of the concept through the story Selavi, That is Life: A Haitian Story of Hope. The story tells about a group of homeless children who work together to help themselves and then help other children. This lesson will also help develop the students' cooperative learning skills.

  1. Many Hands Together Make a Lighter Load (2nd Grade)

    ELA: Group Discussions; Listening; Understanding/Interpretation
    PHIL: 11 lesson genOn; 12 lesson genOn; Caring/Sharing; Community; Giving; Hunger; Responsibility
    SOC: 6 genOn; Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Common Good; Good Character; Personal Virtue

Money Smart Children (2nd grade)

Introduce the basic concepts of spending, saving, donating, and investing, with emphasis on the concept of philanthropy. Students use an economic decision-making model and create personal budgets. Younger students practice their skills in identifying and counting coins, while older students gain experience with data tables and bar graphs.

  1. Spend, Save, Invest, or Donate (2nd grade)

    ELA: Sam and the Lucky Money; Listening; Personal Response; Response to Text/Others
    MAT: Decimals; Percent; Problem Solving
    PHIL: Charity; Donate; Fundraising; Giving; Personal Giving Plan; Philanthropic Act; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Benefits; Common Good; Consumers; Costs; Economics; Investment; Natural Resources; Opportunity Costs; Resources; Scarcity; Spending; Taxation; Wants/Needs
  2. Thinking About Money (2nd grade)

    ELA: Alexander Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday; Chair For My Mother (A); Fiction Literature; Personal Response; Point of View; Response to Text/Others; Retelling
    PHIL: Charity; Common Good; Donate; Fundraising
    SOC: Budget; Consumers; Economics; Family; Goods and Services; Incentives; Opportunity Costs; Scarcity; Spending; Taxation; Wants/Needs
  3. Making Good Money Choices (2nd grade)

    ELA: Questioning; Vocabulary
    MAT: Counting; Data Collection/Organization; Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: Charity; Community; Donate; Fundraising; Need; Service; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Common Good; Communities; Decision Making Model; Opportunity Costs; Resources
  4. Count On It! (2nd grade)

    MAT: Comparing Numbers; Counting; Money; Sort/Classify
    PHIL: Cooperate; Fundraising; Philanthropic Act
    SOC: Currency; Goods and Services
  5. My Bank, My Budget, My Decisions! (2nd grade)

    MAT: Graphs/Charts/Tables; Money
    PHIL: Charity; Donate; Fundraising; Personal Giving Plan; Personal Wealth; Service Project
    SOC: Budget; Economics; Income; Investment; Resources; Spending

Our Class, Our Earth (Kindergarten)

Students gain a feeling of ownership and responsibility for the care of the environment in their school and community.

  1. Our Class, Our Earth (Kindergarten)

    ELA: Group Discussions; Main Idea; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: 4 lesson genOn; Caring/Sharing; Community; Environmental Stewardship; Giving; Recycling; Responsibility
    SCI: Environment; Pollution
    SOC: Common Good

Our Land

Woody Guthrie sang about how to make the world a better and fairer place for all. This lesson uses the song This Land is Your Land to communicate the concepts of philanthropy, private property, and “commons." Students learn the benefits of taking action for the common good, and they identify commons areas in the school.

  1. Your Land, My Land, Woody's Land, Too

    ELA: Constructing Meaning; Response to Text/Others; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Nonprofit Sector; Volunteer
    SOC: Cause/Effect; Ecosystems; Environment; Group Discussions; Historical Biographies; Land Use; Maps/Globes; Natural Characteristics of Place; Prior Knowledge; Recession; Timelines; Wants/Needs
  2. Song Mapping

    ELA: This Land Is Your Land; Author's Style/Purpose
    PHIL: Nonprofit Sector; Volunteer
    SOC: Community; Inquiry; Maps/Globes; Natural Characteristics of Place; Recession; Wants/Needs
  3. What's Public? What's Private?

    ELA: This Land Is Your Land; Compare/Contrast; Graphic Organizer; Research
    PHIL: Commons; Volunteer
    SOC: Adaptation; Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Conservation; Human Characteristics of Place; Inquiry; Observation
  4. We Care For Our Commons

    ELA: This Land Is Your Land; Compare/Contrast; Guthrie, Woody; Reflection
    PHIL: Commons; Community; Need; Volunteer
    SOC: Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Human Capital; Human Characteristics of Place
  5. Lets Celebrate Our Land!

    ELA: This Land Is Your Land; Brainstorming; Guthrie, Woody; Presentations; Speaking; Teamwork; Writing
    PHIL: Commons; Community; Volunteer
    SOC: Historical Biographies; Human Characteristics of Place; Inquiry; Maps; Timelines

Our Land: Intro. to Philanthropy Unit (2nd)

The Woody Guthrie song This Land is Your Land is used to communicate the concepts of philanthropyprivate property and “commons.” The students identify common areas in the school and community. The need for “commons,” and the responsibility to care for “commons”will become clear.
  1. Your Land, My Land, Woody's Land, Too: Philanthropy Lesson (2nd)

    ELA: Constructing Meaning; Response to Text/Others; Vocabulary
    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Volunteer
    SOC: Cause/Effect; Ecosystems; Environment; Group Discussions; Historical Biographies; Land Use; Maps/Globes; Natural Characteristics of Place; Nonprofit; Prior Knowledge; Recession; Timelines; Wants/Needs
  2. Song Mapping: Philanthropy Lesson (2nd)

    ELA: This Land Is Your Land; Author’s Style/Purpose
    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Nonprofit Sector; Volunteer
    SOC: Community; Inquiry; Maps/Globes; Natural Characteristics of Place; Recession; Wants/Needs
  3. What's Public? What's Private?: Philanthropy Lesson (2nd)

    ELA: This Land Is Your Land; Compare/Contrast; Graphic Organizer; Research
    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Commons; Volunteer
    SOC: Adaptation; Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Conservation; Human Characteristics of Place; Inquiry; Observation; Responsibility

Our Playful Community

 This unit is designed to encourage learners to trust their families, classmates, and neighbors. The classroom setting provides a safe environment for experimentation with trusting others. Enjoy the variety of intelligences that are displayed in the unit.

  1. Our Classroom—The Community of Fun

    PHIL: Commons; Community; Trust
    SOC: 10 genOn; Compare/Contrast; Good Character; Reflection; Resources; Rules
  2. Our Family

    PHIL: Family
    SOC: 10 genOn; Brainstorming; Common Good; Community; Conflict Resolution; Core Democratic Values; Decision Making Model
  3. Our Neighborhood as a Community

    PHIL: Commons; Trust
    SOC: 10 genOn; Common Good; Community; Human Characteristics of Place; Need; Volunteerism

People Making a Difference

The work of nonprofits and the civil society ensures that we have libraries, zoos, schools, hospitals, and food pantries in our community. Philanthropic action happens when people come together to address unmet needs. Students learn about events that prevent people from getting their basic needs met, such as a natural disaster or moving to a new community. Students become motivated to think about ways they can help.

  1. Meeting Our Daily Needs

    ELA: Brainstorming; Compare/Contrast; Journaling; Personal Response; Presentations; Prior Knowledge; Speaking; Vocabulary; Writing Mechanics
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Common Good; Giving; Need; Philanthropic Act; Sharing; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: 11 genOn; 12 genOn; Common Good; Communities; Cooperative Groups; Wants/Needs
  2. Our Area's History of Philanthropy

    ELA: Communicate; Graphic Organizer; Letter Writing; Reading; Reflection; Research
    PHIL: Charity; Civil Society; Common Good; Community; Motivation for Giving; Personal Wealth; Philanthropic Traditions; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Communities; Historical Biographies; Past/Present/Future; Research
  3. Community Heritage

    ELA: Cultural/Historical Contexts; Letter Writing; Plot Development; Writing Mechanics; Writing Process
    PHIL: Common Good; Hispanics; Need; Nonprofit Organizations; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Common Good; Cultures; Immigration; SOC: Communities; Wants/Needs

People Making a Difference (Kindergarten)

Students learn about basic needs and distinguish between needs and wants. They become aware that some people lack the resources to have their basic needs met.

  1. People Making a Difference (Kindergarten)

    ELA: Brainstorming; Compare/Contrast; Personal Response; Presentations; Prior Knowledge; Speaking; Vocabulary
    PHIL: 11 lesson genOn; 12 lesson genOn; Giving; Need
    SOC: Communities; Wants/Needs

People Who Work

This unit may complement a community unit to raise awareness of the nonprofit sector and the importance of volunteers to the economy. Students learn about two of the four sectors (for-profit/business and nonprofit) and how needs are met by those two sectors. They learn about community responsibility and carry out a volunteer project of their own.

  1. Responsibility and Jobs

    ELA: Response to Text/Others; Vocabulary
    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Career Opportunities; Community; Helping
    SOC: Career Opportunities; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Communities; Rights/Responsibilities
  2. Community Helpers

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Compare/Contrast; Non-Fiction Literature; Response to Text/Others; Vocabulary
    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Career Opportunities; Community; Helping
    SOC: Career Opportunities; Communities; Economics; For-Profit; Nonprofit; Wants/Needs
  3. Volunteers in the Community

    ELA: Brainstorming; Teamwork; Vocabulary
    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Common Good; Community; Helping; Needs Assessment; Volunteer
    SOC: 10 genOn; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Communities; Rights/Responsibilities; Wants/Needs

Pet Care and Safety

This unit encourages children to think about respect for pets and what they bring to the lives of human beings. They will understand that by providing animals with basic needs and treating animals with kindness and respect, they are demonstrating responsible pet care, environmental stewardship and acting as responsible citizens of the community.

  1. What Is a Pet?

    ELA: List; Questioning
    MAT: Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: Oh the Pets You Can Get; 4 genOn; Animal Welfare; Caring/Sharing; Environmental Stewardship
    SOC: Family
  2. Pets Have Needs Too

    ELA: Buddy Unchained; Graphic Organizer; Personal Response; Reading; Tails are Not for Pulling; Understanding; Vocabulary
    PHIL: 4 genOn; Animal Welfare; Environmental Stewardship; Kindness
    SOC: Environment; Wants/Needs
  3. Meeting the Needs of Pets

    ELA: Before You Were Mine; Let's Get a Pet, Said Kate; Advertising/Marketing; Brainstorming; Graphic Organizer; Listening
    PHIL: 4 genOn; Act of Kindness; Animal Welfare; Caring/Sharing; Charity; Donate; Environmental Stewardship; Giving; Needs Assessment; Responsibility
    SOC: Civic Responsibility/Virtue

Phil Up on the Arts

Students learn the meaning of philanthropy and community and ways to practice philanthropy in the school and neighborhood in which they live. They will learn about these concepts through music, movement, and creative dramatics experiences. The students create a product to give to an organization that works with children.

  1. Alphabody ABCs of Giving

    ELA: Brainstorming; Role-Play; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Common Good; Community; Giving; Sharing; Time/Talent/Treasure; Values; Volunteer
  2. What Can I Do for You?

    ART-M: Music: Perform
    PHIL: Philanthropic Act; Service Learning; Volunteerism
    SOC: Brainstorming; Caring/Sharing; Common Good; Community; Reflection; Service Learning; Values
  3. Swimmy

    ART: Theater; Visual Arts
    ELA: Swimmy; Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Plot Development; Prior Knowledge; Reflection; Universal Themes
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Common Good; Community; Cooperate; Need; Reflection; Response to Text/Others
  4. Singing as a Way of Giving

    ART-M: Music: Perform
    ELA: Speaking; Technology
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Cooperate; Donate; Giving; Service Project; Volunteer; Wants/Needs

Philanthropic Behavior

Students will learn appropriate behavior in a group setting and will perform philanthropic acts of kindness, which contribute to the common good.

  1. Rules

    ELA: Group Discussions; Listening; Reflection
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Courtesy; Honesty; Respect; School Climate; School Rules
    SOC: Cause/Effect; Choices/Consequences; Consensus; Good Character; Government; Rules
  2. Cooperative Building

    PHIL: Benefits; Cooperate; Respect
    SOC: Benefits; Consensus; Cooperate; Good Character; Inquiry
  3. Class Soup

    ELA: Stone Soup; Listening; Response to Text/Others
    MAT: Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Cooperate; Volunteer
    SCI: Classify; Plants
    SOC: 11 genOn; 12 genOn; Goods and Services; Resources
  4. Hug O' War

    ELA: Brainstorming; Group Discussions
    PHIL: Cooperate; Problem Solving
    SOC: Conflict Resolution; Core Democratic Values; Public Policy
  5. Nature Tribute

    ELA: Group Discussions; Listening; Reflection
    PHIL: Philanthropic Act; Recycling; Service Project
    SOC: Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Community; Ecology; Environment; Natural Characteristics of Place; Nature
  6. Kindness Certificate

    ELA: Brainstorming; Critical Thinking; Listening; Reflection
    PHIL: Kindness; Personal Wealth; Time/Talent/Treasure; Volunteer
    SOC: Good Character; Reflection
  7. Picture Sharing

    ART-VA: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Cooperate; Trust

Philanthropic Literature

Using literature as a starting point, the students explore philanthropic concepts and the benefits of sharing and caring for others. A simulation gives them practice sharing where there is a scarcity of resources. They identify and compare examples of tolerant and intolerant behavior. 

  1. Lonely Fish (The)

    ELA: Rainbow Fish (The); Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Plot Development; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Response to Text/Others; Story Elements; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    PHIL: 3 genOn; Caring/Sharing; Common Good
    SOC: Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Conflict Resolution; Rules
  2. Lion and the Mouse (The)

    ELA: Lion and the Mouse (The); Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Fable; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Plot Development; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Response to Text/Others; Story Elements; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Helping
    SOC: Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Good Character
  3. Give a Cookie

    ELA: Doorbell Rang (The); Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Fable; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Plot Development; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Response to Text/Others; Story Elements; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    MAT: Counting; Measurement; Predict
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing
    SOC: 11 genOn; 12 genOn; Goods and Services; Scarcity
  4. Chinese Proverb on Honesty

    ELA: Empty Pot (The); Character Development; China; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Fiction Literature; Folktales; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Plot Development; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Response to Text/Others; Story Elements; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Honesty
    SCI: Plants
    SOC: Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Communities; Cultures
  5. Colors and Trouble

    ELA: Land of Many Colors; Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Plot Development; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Response to Text/Others; Story Elements; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Respect; Tolerance
    SOC: Justice; Liberty
  6. Quilt to Freedom

    ELA: Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt; Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Plot Development; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Response to Text/Others; Story Elements; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    PHIL: African American; Respect; Volunteer
    SOC: 1 genOn; Human Characteristics of Place; Liberty; Quilts; Slavery; Underground Railroad
  7. Kindness Just Because

    ELA: Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters; Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Fiction Literature; Folktales; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Plot Development; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Response to Text/Others; Story Elements; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Kindness; Selflessness
    SOC: Africa; Natural Characteristics of Place
  8. Friendly Neighbors

    ELA: Miss Tizzy; Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Plot Development; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Response to Text/Others; Story Elements; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Neighborhood; Time/Talent/Treasure
  9. Everyone Is Special

    ELA: Very Special Critter (A); Character Development; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Plot Development; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Response to Text/Others; Story Elements; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Diversity; Philanthropic Act; Tolerance
  10. George Washington Carver and Sharing

    ELA: Weed is a Flower (A); Biography; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Response to Text/Others; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    MAT: Data Collection/Organization; Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: African American; Common Good
    SCI: Carver, George Washington
    SOC: 2 genOn; Historical Biographies

Phil's Garden of Good

The learners discover the joy of caring for and sharing flowers. The students nurture relationships with a master gardener and senior friends and deliver artistic flowerpots with nurtured plants to their friends along with leaf-print personalized notes. 

  1. Planting Phil's Garden

    ELA: Constructing Meaning; Listening; Literary Response; Personal Response; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Caring/Sharing; Common Good; Commons; Community; Family; Reflection; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SCI: Garden; Life Science; Plants
    SOC: 2 genOn; Common Good; Community Capital; Environment; Family; Natural Resources; Timelines
  2. Planting the Seeds of Knowledge

    ELA: Graphic Organizer; Journaling; Listening; Prior Knowledge; Writing
    PHIL: Respect; Time/Talent/Treasure; Volunteer
    SCI: Environment; Garden; Graphs/Charts/Tables; Life Cycles; Measure; Observation
    SOC: 2 genOn; Communities; Volunteerism
  3. Rubbing Elbows with Plants

    ELA: Brainstorming; Letter Writing; Listening; Poetry; Vocabulary; Voice; Writing Process
    PHIL: Sharing; Time/Talent/Treasure; Volunteer
    SCI: Environment; Garden; Natural Resources; Plants
    SOC: 2 genOn; Career Opportunities; Communities; Volunteerism
  4. Special Delivery—Handle with Care

    ELA: Audience; Creative Writing; Letter Writing; Listening; Literary Response; Speaking; Writing Process
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Community; Contribute; Friendship; Giving; Kindness; Respect; Sensitivity; Time/Talent/Treasure; Volunteer
    SOC: 2 genOn; Common Good; Family; Good Character; Rules

Pilgrim's Progress

Students role-play experiences of the lives of the early pilgrims in their travels from Europe to America in search of religious freedom. Students work cooperatively for the common good, learn about ways in which the Native Americans were philanthropists, and begin to perform random acts of kindness.

  1. Get on the Boat

    ELA: Journaling; Point of View
    PHIL: Human Rights; Religious Perspectives
    SOC: 11 genOn; Freedom; History to 1620; Mobility; Persecution
  2. Searching for a New Home

    ELA: If You Sailed on the Mayflower ; Expository Text; Journaling; Writing Mechanics
    PHIL: Common Good; Respect
    SOC: 11 genOn; Core Democratic Values; Cultures; Historical Biographies
  3. Sad Seasick Sailors

    ART-T: Theater: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Compare/Contrast; Journaling; Non-Fiction Literature; Point of View
    PHIL: Common Good; Cooperate; Respect
    SOC: 11 genOn; Common Good; Conflict Resolution; History to 1620
  4. Arrival (The)

    ART-T: Theater: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Compare/Contrast; Journaling; Non-Fiction Literature; Point of View
    PHIL: Common Good; Cooperate; Respect; Rules
    SOC: 11 genOn; Common Good; Conflict Resolution; History to 1620
  5. Native American Philanthropists

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Squanto’s Journey; Non-Fiction Literature; Poetry; Writing Process
    PHIL: Common Good; Native Americans; Sharing; Social Capital
    SOC: 11 genOn; Common Good; History to 1620; Native Peoples

Poetry for the Common Good

Students find poetry everywhere: lyrics to songs, commercials, and in social media. They look for philanthropic themes found in poetry. Students write poems with philanthropic themes.

  1. Poetry for the Common Good

    ELA: Universal Themes
    PHIL: 2 lesson genOn; Art from the Heart; Caring/Sharing; Giving; Time/Talent/Treasure

Protect Your Melon

Students learn about the need and rules for bicycle safety and teach them to others in the community. Learners become aware of the basic vocabulary associated with philanthropy as they prepare for their service activity, such as fundraising activities and construction of a bicycle safety course.

  1. Bike Safety

    ELA: Constructing Meaning; Graphic Organizer; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Inquiry; Journaling; Listening; Media Genres; Observation; Reading; Reflection; Research; Response to Text/Others; Viewing; Vocabulary
    MAT: Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: Common Good; Courage; Fundraising; Honesty; Need
    SOC: Adaptation; Cause/Effect; Choices/Consequences; Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Common Good; Inquiry; Laws; Rules
  2. Funds for Fun and Safety

    ELA: Benny Goes into Business; Brainstorming; Letter Writing; Listening; Reflection
    MAT: Counting; Graphs/Charts/Tables; Money
    PHIL: 10 genOn; Fundraising; Service Project; Time/Talent/Treasure; Volunteer
    SOC: Budget; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Common Good; Community; Inquiry; Research; Survey
  3. Use Your Melon

    ELA: Analyze/Interpret; Group Discussions; Letter Writing; Writing Process
    MAT: Graphs/Charts/Tables; Shapes
    PHIL: Collections; Reflection; Service Project
    SOC: Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Inquiry; Research; Survey

Quarters From Kids (K-5)

The students define philanthropy (giving time, talent and treasure, and taking action for the common good) and vocabulary terms spend, save, and donate. They explore reasons why people choose to donate. 

  1. Quarters From Kids - You Can Count on Me! (K-5)

    ART-M: Music: Perform
    ELA: Sam and the Lucky Money; Listening; Literature; Money; Personal Response; Response to Text/Others
    MAT: Counting; Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: Donate; Giving; Philanthropist; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Common Good; Disaster: Natural; Global Issues; Maps

Reading for Pennies: Penny Drive

This lesson will help students understand why people donate money to organizations and why organizations need money to help others. Learners will solicit funds (pledges) from family member in exchange for a certain number of minutes reading.

  1. Reading for Pennies: Penny Drive

    ELA: Listening; Vocabulary
    MAT: Counting; Money
    PHIL: 3 lesson genOn; Collections; Common Good; Contribute; Donate; Fundraising; Giving; Nonprofit Organizations; Philanthropist; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Choices/Consequences

Recognizing Our Similarities and Difference
(Kindergarten)

Students will listen to a story that illustrates that although we have differences, we are also very similar. They will begin to understand the definitions of diversity and realize that focusing on the differences alone may cause conflict.

  1. Recognizing Our Similarities and Differences
    (Kindergarten)

    ELA: Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Predicting; Prior Knowledge; Reflection; Response to Text/Others; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    MAT: Attributes; Sort/Classify
    PHIL: 1 lesson genOn; Justice; Minorities; Respect
    SOC: Diversity; Human Characteristics of Place

Refugees: Finding a Place (K-2)

Through video, literature, and activities, students learn what it means and feels like to be a refugee. The students distinguish the difference between wants and needs, and plan a project to help refugee families.

  1. Carly

    ELA: Vocabulary
    SOC: Refugees, 6 genOn
  2. Feeling Alone

    ELA: Cultural/Histroical Contexts; Inferences/Generalizations; Nonverbal Communication; Reflection; Response to Text/Others; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Philanthropist
    SOC: 6 genOn; Disaster: Human-Made; Refugees
  3. Helping Children in Need

    ELA: Compare/Contrast
    PHIL: Reflection; Service
    SOC: 6 genOn; Refugees; Wants/Needs

Remember...Reflection

This unit uses literature to explore feelings and past experiences (acts of kindness). Students learn to conduct an effective interview and write a story about a family member's philanthropy. Students will use reflection as a learning tool.

  1. Tell Me A Story—Feelings

    ELA: Compare/Contrast; Listening; Poetry; Prior Knowledge; Reading; Reflection; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Philanthropic Act; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Common Good; Good Character; Values
  2. Tell Me A Story—Consequences

    ELA: Uncle Jed's Barbershop; Compare/Contrast; Group Discussions; Perception; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Values
    SOC: Cause/Effect; Choices/Consequences; Common Good; Good Character; Opportunity Costs; Scarcity
  3. Interview For Reflection

    ELA: Brainstorming; Inquiry; Interview; Research; Writing Process
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Philanthropic Act; Service Project; Values
    SOC: Common Good; Good Character

Repairing the World (Private-Religious)

This unit teaches students the responsibility of every individual to actively strive to make the world a better place, a concept known in Judaism as tikkun olam. Students examine ways in which people use their talents and skills to help othersboth in and outside the classroom: Being nice to one another and using speech in a positive way.

  1. The Whole World in Our Hands (Private-Religious)

    ELA: Brainstorming; Group Discussions; Listening; Reflection; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: Judaism; Motivation for Giving; Philanthropist; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Parochial
  2. Love Your Neighbors Like Yourself (Private-Religious)

    ART-M: Music: Perform
    ART-VA: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Brainstorming; Role-Play
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Friendship; Judaism
    SOC: Parochial
  3. Power of Speech (Private-Religious)

    ELA: Yettele’s Feathers; Listening; Parable; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Compliments; Friendship; Judaism
    SOC: Parochial

Rules for the Common Good

Students work together to develop a set of classroom rules and an understanding of how rules can meet the needs of the common good.

  1. Teacher Is Missing (The)

    ELA: Brainstorming; Group Discussions; Listening; Prior Knowledge; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: School Rules
    SOC: Choices/Consequences; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Common Good; Core Democratic Values; Rule of Law; Rules
  2. Less Is Best

    ELA: Reflection; Role-Play; Teamwork
    PHIL: School Rules
    SOC: Choices/Consequences; Common Good; Consensus; Rules; School Climate
  3. Posting Our Rules

    PHIL: School Climate; School Rules
    SOC: Choices/Consequences; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Common Good; Rules; School Rules

Saving the Monarch

Students learn the concept of environmental stewardship as an act of philanthropy. They learn about the Monarch Butterfly, the four stages of its life cycle, and its dependence on the milkweed plant as a source of energy.

  1. Life Cycle

    PHIL: Community; Environmental Stewardship; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Responsibility; Stewardship
    SCI: Energy; Food; Monarch Butterfly
    SOC: Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Communities
  2. Review of Life Cycle

    PHIL: Common Good; Environmental Stewardship; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Stewardship
    SCI: Life Cycles
    SOC: Common Good; Environment
  3. Planting a Monarch Butterfly Garden

    PHIL: Miss Rumphius; Community; Environmental Stewardship; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SCI: Energy; Food; Habitat
    SOC: Environment; Resources

Selfless Sam (2nd Grade)

The students listen to a story about a boy who chooses to give his precious four dollars (“lucky money”) to a homeless man, setting the tone for initial discussions about selflessness, and ways to address hunger, and poverty.

  1. Selfless Sam (2nd)

    ELA: Constructing Meaning; Group Discussions; Listening; Perception; Response to Text/Others; Speaking
    MAT: Data Collection/Organization; Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: 11 lesson genOn; 12 lesson genOn; Giving; Homelessness; Hunger; Need; Philanthropic Act; Selflessness
    SOC: Community; Human Characteristics of Place; Opportunity Costs; Resources

Selflessness

The lessons center on The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie de Paola. Students explore the concepts of selflessness and selfishness and consider the effects of their actions on others. 

  1. Selfless - Selfish

    PHIL: Selflessness; Volunteer
    SOC: Legend of the Bluebonnet (The); Choices/Consequences; Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Conflict Resolution; Core Democratic Values; Good Character; Native Peoples; Values
  2. Life Shields

    ELA: Legend of the Bluebonnet (The)
    PHIL: Common Good; Community
    SOC: Choices/Consequences; Common Good; Compare/Contrast; Native Peoples; Values
  3. What's in a Name?

    PHIL: Reflection
    SOC: Legend of the Bluebonnet (The); Community; Good Character; Native Peoples; Values

Sharing and Caring Across Generations

Students listen to stories about different generations and make connections with some senior community members. They explore shared experiences with memory—memories of people, toys, good times, family. They explore the concept of recycling, what it meant in past generations compared to what it means today.

  1. Traveling Back in Time

    ELA: Brainstorming; Literature; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: 1 genOn; 5 genOn; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Community; Historical Biographies
  2. Graphing Memories

    ELA: Analyze/Interpret; Compare/Contrast; Graphic Organizer; Questioning
    MAT: Data Collection/Organization; Interpret; Sort/Classify
    PHIL: 1 genOn
  3. Making Something from Nothing

    ELA: Just a Dream; Something From Nothing; Compare/Contrast; Fiction Literature; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: 1 genOn; Common Good; Listening; Recycling; Respect; Stewardship
    SCI: Conservation
    SOC: Past/Present/Future; Scarcity
  4. Trash: Past, Present and Future

    ELA: Dinosaurs to the Rescue!; Where Does the Garbage Go?; Compare/Contrast; Interview; Non-Fiction Literature; Research; Response to Text/Others
    MAT: Measurement
    PHIL: 1 genOn; Common Good; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Listening; Recycling; Stewardship
    SCI: Conservation; Environment
    SOC: Environment; Inquiry; Past/Present/Future
  5. Intergenerational Friendships

    ELA: Communicate; Interview; Journaling; Listening; Literary Response; Speaking; Summarizing/Paraphrasing
    PHIL: 1 genOn; Caring/Sharing; Community; Reflection; Respect; Sensitivity; Service Project
    SOC: Communities; Diversity; Good Character; Past/Present/Future

Sharing Compliments (1st Grade)

 Students learn of the life and actions taken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote civil rights. Students give examples of Dr. King acting as a philanthropist, encouraging the children to think of ways they can impact others. Students discover that it feels good to make others feel good.

  1. Sharing Compliments (1st Grade)

    ELA: Brainstorming; Cause/Effect; Non-Fiction Literature; Questioning; Reflection; Social/Cultural Issues; Teamwork; Understanding; Universal Themes; Vocabulary
    PHIL: 1 lesson genOn; Caring/Sharing; Communities; Compliments; Giving; Justice; Reflection; Respect; Serial Reciprocity
    SOC: Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Community; Good Character

Sharing our Talents

A children's book provides an example of giving one’s talents (philanthropy) in Native American culture. They will analyze their own special gifts or talents and determine how the community can benefit from them.
  1. Sharing our Talents

    ELA: Constructing Meaning; Group Discussions; Listening; Reflection; Response to Text/Others; Vocabulary
    PHIL: 2 lesson genOn; Art from the Heart; Giving; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Common Good; Community; Cultures; Native Peoples

Sharing the Gift of Literacy

Using literature as a starting point, the students discuss the benefits sharing, giving back, and being open to diverse people. They practice sharing in a situation where there is a scarcity of resources, specifically in a book drive.

  1. Community Sharing

    ELA: Rainbow Fish (The); Read n' Give; Compare/Contrast; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Listening; Response to Text/Others; Story Elements
    PHIL: 2 genOn; 3 genOn; Book Drive; Caring/Sharing; Common Good
    SOC: Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Rules
  2. Giving Back Like a Mouse

    ELA: Lion and the Mouse (The); Read n' Give; Compare/Contrast; Fable; Fiction Literature; Inferences/Generalizations; Listening; Response to Text/Others; Story Elements; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Book Drive; Helping
    SOC: Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Good Character
  3. Tolerance and Sharing

    ELA: Land of Many Colors; Read n' Give; Compare/Contrast; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Listening; Response to Text/Others; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Book Drive; Respect; Tolerance
  4. Read and Share Books

    ELA: Read n' Give; Brainstorming; Graphic Organizer; Group Discussions
    PHIL: 3 genOn; Book Drive; Community; Donate; Need; Philanthropic Act; Reflection; Service
    SOC: Communities; Nonprofit; Wants/Needs
  5. George Washington Carver and Sharing Our Books

    ELA: Read n' Give; Weed is a Flower (A); Biography; Compare/Contrast; Group Discussions; Listening; Response to Text/Others; Vocabulary
    PHIL: African American; Book Drive; Caring/Sharing; Common Good; Contribute; Donate; Reflection
    SCI: Carver, George Washington
    SOC: 2 genOn; Civil Society; Communities; Historical Biographies

Sharing with Others (Private-Religious)

Students learn to think beyond themselves and to treat others with tolerance and respect. They reflect on the concepts of cooperation, sharing, and tolerance.

  1. Sharing What is Ours (Private-Religious)

    ELA: Speaking; Universal Themes
    PHIL: Judaism; Sharing
    SOC: Parochial
  2. Sharing the Work (Private-Religious)

    ART-M: Music: History/Culture
    ELA: Little Red Hen (The); Response to Text/Others; Teamwork; Universal Themes
    PHIL: Cooperate; Helping; Judaism; Sharing
    SOC: Parochial
  3. Sharing our Differences (Private-Religious)

    ELA: Speaking; Universal Themes
    MAT: Sort/Classify
    PHIL: Cooperate; Judaism; Respect
    SOC: Parochial

Small Fish Stick Together (Kindergarten)

In response to a picture book, the students explore the different communities they belong to and the benefits of community.

  1. Small Fish Stick Together (Kindergarten)

    ELA: Swimmy; Character Development; Communicate; Compare/Contrast; Constructing Meaning; Plot Development; Prior Knowledge; Reflection; Response to Text/Others; Universal Themes
    PHIL: 10 lesson genOn; 5 lesson genOn; Caring/Sharing; Common Good; Community; Cooperate; Need; Reflection

Smiles Change the World

Students analyze the importance of friendship in a person's life and identify organizations that help people who need the support of friends.

  1. Friendship and Belonging

    ELA: Communicate; Voice
    PHIL: Friendship; Giving; Need; Serial Reciprocity
    SOC: Cooperative Groups; Values
  2. Friendship Begins with a Smile

    ELA: Communicate
    PHIL: Friendship; Need; Serial Reciprocity
    SOC: Choices/Consequences
  3. Who Needs Friends?

    ELA: Brainstorming; Voice
    PHIL: Friendship; Need
    SOC: Decision Making Model
  4. Choosing Where to Act

    ELA: Persuasive Techniques
    PHIL: Cooperate; Friendship; Need
    SOC: Compare/Contrast
  5. Delivering Service

    PHIL: Friendship; Need; Service Project
    SOC: Compare/Contrast; Decision Making Model

Souper Philanthropists (1st Grade)

Students think of ways that they can be (or have been) philanthropists. Using a puppet or doll to tell a story about going to a soup kitchen will help get the students excited about providing food for a soup kitchen.

  1. Souper Philanthropists

    ELA: Listening; Understanding/Interpretation
    PHIL: Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen; 11 lesson genOn; 12 lesson genOn; Community; Giving; Hunger; Responsibility; Sharing/Caring
    SOC: Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Common Good; Good Character; Personal Virtue

Souperservice Kids

Students gain awareness of the importance of healthy food and learn more about hunger and homelessness in their community. At a school event with their families, they make a dry soup mixture to donate to individuals who attend a local soup kitchen.

  1. Harvesting the Produce

    ELA: Constructing Meaning; Journaling; Language/Style; Response to Text/Others
    MAT: Data Collection/Organization; Graphs/Charts/Tables; Predict
    PHIL: 11 genOn; Health; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SCI: Life Cycles; Observation; Plants
    SOC: 10 genOn; 12 genOn; Chronology
  2. Our Five Senses Affect Food Choices

    ART: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Constructing Meaning; Journaling; Listening; Response to Text/Others; Vocabulary
    PHIL: 11 genOn; Health; Trust
    SCI: Experiment; Nature; Observation; Scientific Investigation; Senses
    SOC: 10 genOn; 12 genOn; Inquiry; Research
  3. Healthy Food Makes Healthy Body

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Constructing Meaning; Journaling; Listening
    PHIL: 11 genOn; Family; Health; Philanthropic Act; Sharing
    SCI: Classify; Food; Health
    SOC: 10 genOn; 12 genOn; Consumers; Geography; Opportunity Costs; Wants/Needs
  4. Farmers and the Food Connection

    ART-VA: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Journaling; Writing
    MAT: Counting; Place-Value
    PHIL: 11 genOn; Common Good; Commons; Community; Cooperate; Health; Sharing
    SCI: Cycles; Nature; Observation; Plants
    SOC: 10 genOn; 12 genOn; Consumers; Inquiry; Production/Producer; Rights/Responsibilities
  5. Hunger and Homelessness

    ART: Theater: Perform; Visual Arts
    ELA: Sam and the Lucky Money; Constructing Meaning; Group Discussions; Journaling; Listening; Perception; Reading; Response to Text/Others; Speaking
    MAT: Counting; Data Collection/Organization; Graphs/Charts/Tables; Numbers; Place-Value; Shapes
    PHIL: 11 genOn; Health; Homelessness; Hunger; Need; Philanthropic Act; Selflessness
    SOC: 10 genOn; 12 genOn; Community; Human Characteristics of Place; Resources
  6. Homelessness

    ART: Theater: Perform; Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen; Group Discussions; Journaling; Listening; Response to Text/Others; Writing
    MAT: Counting; Data Collection/Organization; Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: 11 genOn; Health; Hunger; Philanthropic Act; Volunteer
    SOC: 10 genOn; 12 genOn; Consumers; Family; Public Policy; Resources
  7. We Are Philanthropists-Souperservice Families

    ART: Music: Perform
    MAT: Counting; Fractions; Measurement
    PHIL: 11 genOn; Family; Health; Service Project; Volunteer
    SCI: Measure
    SOC: 10 genOn; 12 genOn; Goods and Services; Inquiry; Production/Producer

Spend, Save or Donate: Penny Drive

This lesson introduces the concept of raising resources to help others. The learners will discover reasons why people choose to donate.

  1. Spend, Save or Donate: Penny Drive

    PHIL: 3 lesson genOn; Charity; Common Good; Donate; Fundraising; Giving
    SOC: Budget; Choices/Consequences; Opportunity Costs

Talking Trees (2nd Grade)

Students learn about the interconnectedness of nature and the impact of people on the environment. Students are motivated by literature to teach others the importance of trees in our ecosystem. 

  1. Talking Trees (2nd Grade)

    ART: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Listening; Response to Text/Others; Voice
    PHIL: 4 lesson genOn; Activism; Common Good; Environmental Stewardship; Sensitivity
    SCI: Plants
    SOC: Environment

The Four R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, RESPECT!

Using literature and hands-on activities, the concepts of reduce, reuse and recycle will be explored. The students make new paper from used classroom scrap paper then use the hand made, recycled paper to create cards to give to others in the community.

  1. Reduce and RESPECT!

    ELA: Wartville Wizard (The); Brainstorming; Fiction Literature; Journaling; Predicting; Response to Text/Others; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Environmental Stewardship; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Philanthropist; Recycling; Reflection; Respect; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SCI: Conservation; Environment; Natural Resources; Pollution
    SOC: Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Environment; Pollution
  2. Reuse and RESPECT!

    ART: Music: Perform
    ELA: Brainstorming; Journaling; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Cooperate; Environmental Stewardship; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Philanthropist; Recycling; Reflection; Respect; Teamwork; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SCI: Conservation; Critical Thinking; Environment; Natural Resources; Pollution
    SOC: Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Environment; Pollution
  3. Recycle and RESPECT!

    ART: Music: Perform
    ELA: Sir Johnny's Recycling Adventure; Fiction Literature; Journaling; Response to Text/Others; Vocabulary
    MAT: Classify; Data Collection/Organization; Graphs/Charts/Tables; Measure; Weight
    PHIL: Common Good; Environmental Stewardship; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Philanthropic Act; Philanthropist; Recycling; Reflection; Respect; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SCI: Conservation; Critical Thinking; Environment; Measure; Natural Resources; Pollution; Predicting; Weight
    SOC: Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Environment; Pollution
  4. Spreading Cheer by Recycling!

    ART-VA: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Chronology; Journaling; Letter Writing; Reflection; Retelling
    PHIL: Act of Kindness; Environmental Stewardship; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Philanthropic Act; Philanthropist; Recycling; Reflection; Service Project; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SCI: Conservation; Environment; Natural Resources; Pollution
    SOC: Environment

This Land Is Our Land (Stewardship) (Private-Religious)

Using traditional Jewish texts as a basis, students learn the importance of taking care of the environment. This unit teaches young students a sense of responsibility to take care of the environment that G-d created. It also demonstrates that even young students have the power to contribute to the community. Students not only learn about the environment and creation, but also perform acts that preserve the environment.

  1. Taking Care of Nature (Private-Religious)

    ELA: Brainstorming; Cause/Effect; Group Discussions; Listening; Predicting; Synthesizing
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Judaism; Sensitivity; Stewardship; Values
    SCI: Plants; Pollution
    SOC: Environment; Parochial; Rights/Responsibilities
  2. Repair, Reuse, Recycle (Private-Religious)

    ELA: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat; Brainstorming; Creative Writing; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: Common Good; Judaism; Recycling; Stewardship
    SCI: Environment
    SOC: Natural Resources; Parochial
  3. Give a Little Respect (Private-Religious)

    ART-VA: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Brainstorming; Creative Writing; Group Discussions
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Common Good; Helping; Judaism; Respect
    SOC: Environment; Parochial

Trail Mix Project

Students have an opportunity to make a difference in the issue of kids' hunger in their community. Students give their time to make trail mix, which they donate to a local agency (such as Kids Food Basket in Grand Rapids, MI). Also, students represent collected data using a bar graph and practice communication and letter-writing skills as they reflect and write a letter describing the event of making trail mix.

  1. Trail Mix Project

    ELA: Letter Writing; Non-Fiction Literature; Reading Literature; Reflection; Writing Type and Purpose
    MAT: Comparing Numbers; Counting; Data Collection/Organization
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Community; Donate; Family
    SOC: Nonprofit

Tzedakah: How Can We Help? (Tzedakah) (Private-Religious))

Using traditional Jewish texts as a basis, students learn about the concept of Tzedakah (charity), a fundamental concept of Judaism. It engages students not only in learning, but through performing acts of charity.

  1. The Bare Necessities (Private-Religious)

    ELA: Group Discussions
    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Act of Kindness; Activism; Caring/Sharing; Charity; Cooperate; Donate; Empathy; Giving; Helping; Homelessness; Hunger; Judaism; Kindness; Motivation for Giving; Need; Sensitivity; Service Learning; Service Project; Social Action
    SOC: Compare/Contrast; Ethics; Parochial; Rights/Responsibilities; Social Action; Values; Volunteerism; Wants/Needs
  2. Share Your Bread (Private-Religious)

    ART-VA: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Advertising/Marketing; Brainstorming; Creative Writing; Letter Writing; Presentations; Speaking
    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Act of Kindness; Caring/Sharing; Charity; Contribute; Cooperate; Donate; Giving; Helping; Homelessness; Hunger; Judaism; Motivation for Giving; Need; Philanthropic Act; Sensitivity; Service Learning; Service Project
    SOC: Parochial; Rights/Responsibilities; Social Action
  3. Meal Math (Private-Religious)

    ELA: Listening; Presentations
    MAT: Addition; Counting; Money
    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Act of Kindness; Charity; Contribute; Cooperate; Donate; Empathy; Giving; Helping; Hunger; Judaism; Kindness; Motivation for Giving; Philanthropic Act; Sensitivity; Service Learning; Sharing
    SCI: Health; Nutrition
    SOC: Common Good; Parochial; Social Action

United We Stand (2nd Grade)

In a world of us vs. them, how do children develop a sense of community? In this lesson, our children will gain an understanding of community as people who work, learn, play and live together. Through the activities in this lesson, children internalize the value of being a responsible community member.

  1. United We Stand (2nd Grade)

    ELA: Brainstorming; Concept Mapping; Group Discussions; Teamwork; Vocabulary; Writing Process
    PHIL: 10 lesson genOn; 5 lesson genOn; Common Good; Community; Cooperate; Trust
    SOC: Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Communities; Cooperative Groups

Unity in the Community

In a world of individuality, how can our children develop a sense of community? This unit uses multiple activities to help children gain an understanding of the various communities they belong to where people work, live and play together. Students learn that activities such as playing games can build "unity in the community." As a culminating activity, host a family "Make-It, Take-It Night" where families make games and then are able to take their games home for continued "community building."

  1. United We Are

    ELA: Brainstorming; Compare/Contrast; Teamwork
    PHIL: Common Good; Cooperate; Family
    SOC: Common Good; Communities; Compare/Contrast; Family; School Community
  2. United We Stand

    ELA: Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch; Brainstorming; Concept Mapping; Group Discussions; Teamwork; Vocabulary; Writing Process
    PHIL: Common Good; Community; Cooperate; Trust
    SOC: Communities; Cooperative Groups
  3. The Family as a Community

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Families Are Different; Fiction Literature; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: Community; Reflection
    SOC: Communities; Diversity; Family
  4. Friends

    ART-M: Music: Interdisciplinary
    ELA: Rainbow Fish (The); Listening; Prior Knowledge; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Communities; Cooperate
    SOC: Communities; Good Character
  5. Playing Group Games from the Past

    ELA: Group Discussions; Personal Response; Reflection; Teamwork
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Community; Family; Rules; Traditions
    SOC: Communities; Compare/Contrast; Cooperative Groups; Family; School Community; Timelines
  6. Make-It, Take-It Family Night

    ELA: Communicate; Teamwork
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Community; Cooperate; Family
    SOC: Communities; Cooperative Groups; Family; School Community; Traditions

Upon the Clouds of Equality (1st Grade)

The students experience a simulation demonstrating unequal treatment and discuss justice and fairness. Students reflect on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of equality and his actions as a philanthropist.

  1. Upon the Clouds of Equality (1st Grade)

    ELA: Martin's Big Words: Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (The); Biography; Constructing Meaning; Group Discussions; Listening; Personal Response; Reflection; Universal Themes
    PHIL: 1 lesson genOn; Activism; African American; Common Good; Justice; Philanthropist; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: King, Jr., Martin Luther; Civil Rights; Conflict Resolution; Good Character; Segregation

Using Our Talents for the Common Good

Even the youngest students have talent to share. This set of lessons raises awareness of philanthropy in the community and foundations that provide funding to address needs. The students write a grant request to a foundation and carry out a service project.

  1. What Are Our Talents?

    ELA: Constructing Meaning; Group Discussions; Listening; Reflection; Response to Text/Others; Vocabulary
    PHIL: Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Common Good; Community; Cultures; Native Peoples
  2. How Can Our Talents Be Used Together?

    ELA: Brainstorming; Group Discussions; Journaling; Poetry; Reading; Reflection
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Good Character; Service Plan; Values; Volunteer
  3. Who Can We Help?

    ELA: Brainstorming; Letter Writing; Reflection
    PHIL: Needs Assessment; Survey; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Civic Responsibility/Virtue
  4. What Is a Foundation?

    ELA: Group Discussions; Journaling; Listening
    PHIL: Foundations; Grantmaking; Need; Philanthropist
    SOC: Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Common Good; Government
  5. Service Project

    ELA: Poetry; Reflection
    PHIL: Need; Service Project
    SOC: Civic Responsibility/Virtue

Volunteering as Good Work

The students will learn about the volunteers who help in the school. They compare paid and unpaid jobs. The students interview volunteers to learn about the motivation and rewards of volunteering. Each student decides how to be a volunteer in school, at home or in the community. 

  1. School Worker Guessing Game

    ELA: Expository Writing
    PHIL: Common Good; Community; Respect; School Climate
    SOC: Common Good; Goods and Services; School Community
  2. Yea For Volunteers!

    ART-VA: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Vocabulary; Writing Process
    PHIL: Common Good; Motivation for Giving; Time/Talent/Treasure; Volunteer
    SOC: School Community; Volunteerism
  3. Ask a Volunteer!

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Brainstorming; Cause/Effect; Interview; Letter Writing; Summarizing/Paraphrasing
    PHIL: Character; Common Good; Motivation for Giving; Opportunity Costs; Volunteer
    SOC: School Community; Volunteerism
  4. Thank You!

    ART: Visual Arts
    ELA: Letter Writing
    PHIL: Common Good; Motivation for Giving; Volunteer
    SOC: School Community; Volunteerism
  5. What Can I Do?

    ART-VA: Music: Perform; Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Brainstorming; Summarizing/Paraphrasing
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Common Good; School Climate; Volunteer
    SOC: Common Good; School Community; Volunteerism

Watch Me Grow

Through four lessons students will understand the concept of Environmental Stewardship. Using a children’s story about a neighborhood working together to improve the appearance of a vacant lot, student will decide how they will participate in a community project to beautify their community and becoming stewards of the earth.

  1. Garden for Life

    ELA: Expository Writing; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: Common Good; Commons; Environmental Stewardship; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Neighborhood; Philanthropic Act
    SCI: Nature; Plants
    SOC: 4 genOn; Common Good; Communities; Environment
  2. Plants are Growing and Changing

    ELA: Compare/Contrast; Expository Text; Non-Fiction Literature; Predicting; Questioning
    MAT: Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: Environmental Stewardship; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Service Learning
    SCI: Life Science; Predict
    SOC: 4 genOn
  3. Talking Trees

    ART-T: Theater: Perform
    ART-VA: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Listening; Response to Text/Others; Voice
    PHIL: Activism; Common Good; Environmental Stewardship; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Sensitivity
    SCI: Environment; Plants
    SOC: 4 genOn; Common Good; Environment
  4. Understanding the Roots

    ART-T: Theater: Perform
    ART-VA: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Journaling; Listening; Reflection; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: Common Good; Community; Environment; Environmental Stewardship; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment
    SCI: Conservation; Environment; Plants
    SOC: 4 genOn; Common Good

Water Makes Our World Go 'Round

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. Learners display their ability to be a good citizen and stewards of the Earth by educating others about caring for water resources.

  1. Water, Glorious Water

    ELA: Drop Around the World (A); Brainstorming; Graphic Organizer; Listening; Prior Knowledge; Response to Text/Others; Speaking; Visual Media
    PHIL: 3 genOn; Caring/Sharing; Common Good; Environmental Stewardship; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Problem Solving; Reflection
    SCI: Cause/Effect; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Predict; Wants/Needs; Water; Weather
    SOC: Environment
  2. Where Does Water Come From: The Water Cycle

    ART: Skills; Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Magic School Bus Wet All Over: A Book About The Water Cycle (The); Analyze/Interpret; Constructing Meaning; Group Discussions; Speaking; Teamwork
    PHIL: Common Good; Cooperate; Environmental Stewardship; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment
    SCI: Air; Conservation; Cycles; Evaporation; Heat; Observation; Water; Weather
  3. Measure It Up!

    ELA: Water: Up Down, and All Around (Amazing Science); Compare/Contrast; Fiction Literature; Group Discussions; Prior Knowledge; Response to Text/Others; Summarizing/Paraphrasing; Tables
    MAT: Data Collection/Organization; Estimation; Graphs/Charts/Tables; Measurement; Predict
    PHIL: Common Good; Cooperate; Environmental Stewardship; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment
    SCI: Conservation; Cycles; Evaporation; Heat; Observation; Water; Weather
    SOC: Environment
  4. Save That Water!

    ART: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate
    ELA: Why Should I Save Water?; Group Discussions; Prior Knowledge; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: Common Good; Environmental Stewardship; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Problem Solving; School Climate; Stewardship; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SCI: Cycles; Reasoning; Water; Weather
    SOC: Environment

We Can All Do Our Share

Students will describe acts of philanthropy that are possible for persons of any age to do and will recognize that personal acts of service are carried out every day in the community.

  1. Compliments

    ELA: Vocabulary
    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Caring/Sharing; Compliments; Giving; Reflection; Respect; Serial Reciprocity
    SOC: 10 genOn; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Community; Good Character; Inquiry
  2. I'm a Philanthropist!

    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Community; Philanthropic Act; Reflection; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: 10 genOn; Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Common Good; Good Character
  3. Heroes in Our Community

    ELA: Children's Book of Real Heroes (The); Compare/Contrast; Listening; Reading; Research; Response to Text/Others; Universal Themes
    PHIL: 5 genOn; 9/11genOn; Heroes; Volunteer
    SOC: 10 genOn; Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Community; Good Character; Values

We Can All Do Our Share:
Intro. to Philanthropy Unit (K)

Introduce the word philanthropy and define as giving time, talent and treasure for the common good. Kindergarten students learn about personal conduct and group cooperation. Students are given the opportunity to practice cooperative behaviors like sharing and taking turns.

 

  1. I'm a Philanthropist! Philanthropy Lesson (K)

    PHIL: Community; Giving; Philanthropic Act; Reflection; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Common Good; Good Character
  2. Picture-Go-Round: Philanthropy Lesson (K)

    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Caring/Sharing; Cooperate; School Climate
    SOC: Choices/Consequences; Conflict Resolution; Cooperate; Interdependence; Personal Virtue
  3. Rolling in Dough: Philanthropy Lesson (K)

    PHIL: 9/11genOn; Caring/Sharing; Cooperate; School Rules
    SOC: Choices/Consequences; Conflict Resolution; Responsibility

What Is a Community? (1st Grade)

Students read a book about a community forming to help a whale in trouble. They explore the definition of community, and explain the importance of giving to the community.

  1. What Is a Community? (1st Grade)

    ELA: Brainstorming; Non-Fiction Literature; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: 10 lesson genOn; 5 lesson genOn; Common Good; Community; Cooperate; Helping; Neighborhood
    SOC: Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Common Good; Communities; Natural Characteristics of Place; School Community

What Will You Bring to the Table? (K-2)

Students draw on the image of a table to make a plan for bringing their time, talent, and treasure to the table for children who are hungry in the community. Using the table as a theme, students carry out a service-learning project that addresses the issue of child hunger in the United States. This lesson includes an optional field trip for a simple community mapping activity.

 

  1. Set the Table

    ELA: Key Ideas and Details; Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas; Reading Literature; Teamwork; Writing Type and Purpose
    PHIL: Activism; Advocacy; Caring/Sharing; Community; Hunger; Responsibility
    SOC: 11 genon; Common Good; Maps/Globes; Resources

What's All the Commotion in the Ocean?

For learners to be good stewards of the Earth they need to learn about personal actions that impact the environment. The children learn about ocean animals and the ocean environment, and answer the question: What can we do to take care of the ocean environment? These discussions lead to a writing activity reaching out to an organization for more information about oceans.

  1. What's in the Water?

    ELA: House For Hermit Crab (A); Magic School Bus On The Ocean Floor (The); Journaling; Listening; Non-Fiction Literature; Retelling
    PHIL: 3 genOn; Common Good; Environmental Stewardship; Responsibility
    SCI: Animals; Environment; Natural Resources; Pollution
    SOC: Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Environment
  2. Do Fish Clean the Ocean?

    ELA: Coral Reef Hideaway: The Story of a Clown Anemone Fish; Journaling; Listening; Retelling
    PHIL: Common Good; Environmental Stewardship; Responsibility; Stewardship
    SCI: Animals; Organisms; Water
  3. Seashore Sweep

    ELA: At the Seashore; Journaling; Listening; Retelling
    PHIL: Common Good; Environmental Stewardship; Responsibility; Stewardship
    SCI: Animals; Organisms; Water
  4. How Can We Help?

    ELA: Do You Know Where Sea Turtles Go?; Journaling; Listening; Retelling
    PHIL: Common Good; Environmental Stewardship; Responsibility; Stewardship
    SCI: Animals; Organisms; Water

Where Does It All Come From? Penny Drive

Students gain awareness that community organizations need resources (money and materials) to help people in need. Students may organize a penny drive to raise funds for a chosen community organization.

  1. Where Does It All Come From? Penny Drive

    ELA: Listening; Vocabulary
    PHIL: 3 lesson genOn; Common Good; Donate; Fundraising; Philanthropist; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: Community

You Can Bank on Me!

Students learn the meaning of the words spend, save and donate. They collect money to donate and use a decision-making model to choose the recipient. 

  1. Spend, Save or Donate

    ELA: Sam and the Lucky Money; Listening; Literature; Personal Response; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: Donate; Giving; Personal Giving Plan; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: 10 genOn; Economics; Resources
  2. Comparing Attitudes about Money

    ELA: Fiction Literature; Personal Response; Point of View; Response to Text/Others; Retelling
    SOC: 10 genOn; Economics; Family; Goods and Services; Spending
  3. Decision-Making Model

    ELA: Questioning; Vocabulary
    MAT: Counting; Graphs/Charts/Tables; Survey
    PHIL: Charity; Community; Donate; Need; Service Project; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: 10 genOn; Communities; Decision Making Model; Opportunity Costs; Resources
  4. Drop, Sort and Count!

    MAT: Comparing Numbers; Counting; Money; Sort/Classify
    PHIL: Cooperate; Philanthropic Act
    SOC: 10 genOn; Currency; Goods and Services
  5. My Bank, My Decision!

    ART: Visual Arts
    MAT: Graphs/Charts/Tables; Money
    PHIL: Charity; Donate; Personal Giving Plan; Personal Wealth; Service Project
    SOC: 10 genOn; Economics; Resources

You Can Make a Difference (1st Grade)

This lesson teaches children about volunteers and the difference they make in our world. The children conclude that they can volunteer and make a difference in their community.

  1. You Can Make a Difference (1st Grade)

    ELA: Compare/Contrast; Reflection
    PHIL: 10 lesson genOn; Community; Need; Volunteer
    SOC: Citizenship/Civic Engagement; Communities; Human Capital; Human Characteristics of Place