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


Lesson Plans
K-2 Units 3-5 Units 6-8 Units 9-12 Units
Unit Title & Purpose Lesson Titles & Key Words

"Antsy" for Others

The purpose of this unit is to teach students to see the world from another’s point of view and to recognize the importance of respect.

What is the meaning of respect and how do you show respect for others?

  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

 In this lesson, students define philanthropy and 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. To address these financial needs, students will bake and sell homemade bread to their community in order to raise money to be donated to their local meal-provision organization.

 
Focus Question: How can young people make a difference with childhood hunger in our community?
  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

Students will understand that they have the ability to be philanthropist in their community.  The students will be guided in philanthropic discussions throughout the unit that clearly define philanthropy as the giving of time, talent, and treasure for the common good. Students learn that they can create a beautiful community through cleaning up, helping others, sharing songs, using kind words, creating public art, and much more. 

  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.

Focus Question: What can we do about the issue of hunger in a world of uneven distribution of resources?

  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 students respond to text and apply the principles of believing in oneself and being kind to others within the community.  The purpose of this unit is to build self esteem, promote responsible citizenship and encourage philanthropic behaviors.

In what ways do students positively or negatively affect their 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? (Kindergarten)

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

Caring About the Community

The purpose of this unit is to promote the idea of the common good.  The concepts of wants, needs, savings and philanthropy are introduced. 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.

Focus Question: How can kindness and cooperation make my community stronger?

  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)

Learners will illustrate 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 brainstorm ways they can take action to address the needs of children who are hungry in their community. 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

The students identify the examples of philanthropy, such as common good, kindness, and giving, in several related texts.  They compare and contrast the story elements in different versions of the Cinderella story.  Children experience the rewards of giving through a service-learning project.
  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)

The purpose is to recognize fairy tales/legends as literature genre and to identify positive and negative character traits.

Focus questions:

  1. What is good character?
  2. Why are the lessons in fairy tales found in stories from all different cultures?
  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

Core Democratic Values will be introduced and explored in a way that helps the students relate them to their own experience. Through the book Coming To America, the history of how and why people came to America is explained. The students will conclude 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. The students will unfold the answers to the following essential questions:

  • What are the needs in your neighborhood?
  • What community organizations address these needs?
  • How can we address the needs of the area? 
  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)

  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. Through identification of and participation in service activities, the students will gain a better understanding of others’ unique characteristics. Acceptance of individual differences and understanding of developmental differences is the overarching behavior outcome of the unit. The unit strives to instill the concept of tolerance to enhance the common good.

  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)

This lesson will introduce learners to opportunities to respond to a natural disaster. The lesson will introduce vocabulary terms spend, save and donate. The students will learn the definition of philanthropy (giving time, talent and treasure, and taking action for the common good) as well as explore reasons why people choose to donate. As a class, they will discuss and sing the song "What is a Philanthropist?"

Focus Question: How can we be most helpful to the victims of a major disaster, such as a hurricane or earthquake?

To access this lesson, please click here.

  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 what behaviors promote cooperation and communication. They start thinking about how cooperation can help the common good of their neighborhood. Read aloud and discuss a story to build understanding of personal strengths and cooperative work. The group defines neighbors to include the people they learn and work with, live near, and share the world with. The children work cooperatively to make a paper quilt displaying the strengths of the group as they make the neighborhood a better place. They brainstorm their personal strengths and needs of the community and make a plan to take action for the common good.

  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

In this unit students learn about the life and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the name of civil rights. Students define philanthropy and give examples of how Dr. King was a philanthropist. The students experience a simulation of unequal treatment and discuss fairness. Children reflect on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream and personalize a way to act out his dream. Students analyze the importance of physical characteristics and characteristics of character.

  • Why is it important to treat all people fairly?

  • In what ways can we carry on MLK’s dream?
  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.

Focus Question: What gifts of time, talent, and treasure can I give to meet the needs of another person?
 
  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)

  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 will learn how to become environmental stewards by participating in several service learning activities that help address environmental needs in their school communities. They will gain an understanding of the importance of environmental stewardship and how they can participate. Learners will also understand that they are part of a whole and that they have a responsibility to participate in caring for the Earth.

Focus Questions:
Why does the world need environmental stewards?
What do we have to give for what we have been given?

  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)

This unit helps students recognize that they belong to a global community that shares resources and interests. Learners define "commons" and understand the difference between common resources and private property.  Learners define stewardship and exhibit responsibility by helping to care for our “small world.” They will respond to the story The Earth and I by Frank Asch by creating watercolor illustrations of themselves acting as environmental stewards. They will decide on a class service project, plan, take action and reflect on their service experience.

  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)

The learners will appreciate that insects have specific attributes and needs. They will appreciate the concept of life cycles. They will come to realize that the Monarch Butterfly is dependent on the milkweed plant for its survival.  The class will plant nectar-producing flowers, as well as milkweed, in a school garden and/or various locations in order to help preserve the Monarch Butterfly. They will understand that enhancing and caring for the environment is the civic responsibility of all people.

This unit demonstrates to the learners that by enhancing and caring for the environment they are demonstrating acts of philanthropy and that environmental stewardship is the civic responsibility of everyone. Learners will be introduced to the specific attributes, needs and 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—Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Jackie Joyner-Kersee

The stories of Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Jackie Joyner-Kersee are used to teach the concept of philanthropy. The giving of time and talent are exemplified by the stories of Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks. Students learn about the Underground Railroad and the injustices of slavery. The birth of the modern civil rights movement is also shown through the story of Rosa Parks and the bus boycott. The idea of philanthropy as giving of your treasure is made clear through Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s biography. 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.

Focus Question: How does bullying behavior of individuals affect the whole community and how can people respond to stop 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

This unit will help students develop a better understanding of the basic nutritional needs and how those are vital for a person's health. This will give background information leading to the development of the service learning project to raise funds for an organization of their choice. Non profit organizations need funds from many sources to thrive. Students will work cooperatively to organize a fundraiser with the intent of a philanthropic outcome. They will survey the school population and analyze the results of those surveys to determine which snacks will be appropriate to sell as a fundraiser for their school. Students will determine where the proceeds will be donated.

  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 (See Bibliographic Reference) the students will understand the idea of 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. They identify the benefit the whole community shared and define philanthropy and common good. Children learn facts about learning around the globe. They brainstorm and carry out an act of service that promotes learning locally or globally.

Focus Question: What activities promote learning and the common good of a classroom community?

  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 in the world who are starving or experiencing food insecurity and how food is distributed. 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. They determine how they will help address hunger and starvation locally or globally, and reflect on these service opportunities.

  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!

This unit introduces the learners to philanthropy, giving of time, talent, and/or treasure, through the example of Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman). By participating in a variety of lessons, the learners will develop a deeper understanding of how Environmental Stewardship and Philanthropy are related. Included in this study is a science component in which students learn about 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

Students learn about caring and sharing through discussion of the book Martin's Big Words. The "big" word and concept of philanthropy (giving time, talent and treasure for the common good) is introduced. The students discuss ways they have been philanthropic by voluntarily being nice to someone or being helpful. The students learn about giving and sharing through listening to and responding to literature books. They show caring by doing a simple service project, and  they brainstorm and choose a group to receive their creations. This unit can be taught as grade specific using two lessons (Kindergarten - Lessons 1 & 2 , Grade 1 - Lessons 1 & 3, Grade 2 - Lessons 1 & 4). To extend the learning and service experiences, additional lesson can be used, as time allows.

  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

  • To introduce and instruct Kindergarten students about the skills necessary for interacting together as a group.
  • To teach Kindergarten students about responsible personal conduct.
  • To teach students that they are members of a community and to understand that all benefit when the community works together for the good of the group.
  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

The learners will understand the importance of giving their time, talent, and treasure to promote our natural resource of trees.  They will participate in a service learning project involving planting new trees and recycling waste paper to make mulch.  The learners will express their understanding and accomplishments in a variety of ways.

How can a learner use his/her time, talent, and treasure to renew our natural resource of trees?

Can a young person truly make a difference in our world?

  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)

The purpose of this unit is to introduce the learners to healthy living habits both for themselves as well as their community. They demonstrate their knowledge by participating in various activities 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. They reflect on their service project, demonstrate the impact on the community, and celebrate their hard work and success.
Focus Question: Why is it important to practice healthy living  habits and advocate for healthy living practices in a community?
  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 study the USDA food pyramid and understand the need to have 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. Children solicit pledges for each book they read. Through pledges from friends and family, readers earn money to purchase food-producing animals and training for hungry families who lack necessary resources.
  1. What Is the Food Pyramid?

    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 the conventions and appropriate behavior in the community, school, and home. Through eight stories, children will learn to help each other, value others, believe in themselves, treat smaller children with patience, work together, get along, recognize a need and seek a solution, realize that people are more similar than different, and understand that everyone is deserving of respect, without regard to race or physical/mental challenges.

  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 will 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

This unit is designed to encourage learners to trust members in the classroom setting. They will share in hands on activities that they can use in many different areas throughout the school facility.
  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)

The purpose of this lesson is to introduce children to literature that reinforces the concept of unconditional kindness and demonstrates the idea that a good deed deserves another. Students will begin to understand that one act of kindness can lead to other acts of kindness and that acts of kindness are acts of philanthropy, giving of one's time, talent and/or treasures for the good of others.

  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.

Focus Question: How do our needs and wants impact our choices?

  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 will define philanthropy and identify ways in which 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

Through the integration of the arts, the learners will develop an understanding of 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.
  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 will understand the basic definition of philanthropy as the giving of time, talent and treasure for the common good. Students will also understand that everyone, regardless of age, can be a philanthropist. Students will understand that examples of philanthropy can be found in many areas.

The essential questions:

What is philanthropy?

Why do we have philanthropists?

Is every act done for another philanthropic?

  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.
Focus Question:
How do rules help us?

  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. It is important for children to learn how 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.
  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 will understand the basic definition of philanthropy as the giving of time, talent and treasure for the common good. Students will also understand that everyone, regardless of age, can be a philanthropist. Students will understand that examples of philanthropy can be found in many areas.

The essential questions:

  • What is philanthropy?
  • Why do we have philanthropists?
  • Is every act done for another philanthropic?

  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)

Students will be exposed to literature that illustrates how responsible citizens participate constructively in their 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)

In this unit, the students learn the meaning of the words spend, save, invest, and donate. They collect money to donate and use an economic decision-making model to choose the recipient. Students begin to understand the importance of budgeting and create a personal budget. 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)

  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

In this unit Woody’s legacy continues to inspire and educate about the need for “commons” in our communities. The Woody Guthrie song This Land is Your Land is used to communicate the concepts of philanthropy, private property and “commons.” These concepts will be defined and described. The illustrations in This Land Is Your Land will enable the learner to distinguish “commons” areas. “Commons” areas in the school will also be identified. The need for “commons,” and the responsibility to care for “commons”will become clear.

  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)

In this unit Woody’s legacy continues to inspire and educate about the need for “commons” in our communities. The Woody Guthrie song This Land is Your Land is used to communicate the concepts of philanthropy, private property and “commons.” These concepts will be defined and described. The illustrations in This Land Is Your Land will enable the learner to distinguish “commons” areas. “Commons” areas in the school will also be identified. 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

Students realize the importance of meeting the needs of food, water, shelter, clothing, healthcare and school. Students learn about events that prevent people from getting their basic needs met, such as a natural disaster or moving to a new community. They also explore how people and organizations step forward to help others get their basic needs met. Students become sensitive to the needs of others and are 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)

This lesson introduces the concept of basic needs. Students will distinguish between needs and wants. They will 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

Students will become aware of the not-for-profit and volunteer positions that are essential parts of any community.
  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

It’s important for learners of all ages to understand that animals are living, feeling beings.  This unit encourages children to think about 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.

 

Focus Question: 
What is each person’s responsibility for animal welfare?

  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

This unit will introduce the meaning of philanthropy and community and show how the students can 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 will then create a philanthropic product that will be given to an organization or group 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

By exploring the concepts and vocabulary of philanthropy, the students will be able to better understand what it means to help each other and be altruistic.

  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

Philanthropy in Bloom

This unit centers on the basic needs and purposes of plants, as well as people. The students will understand that although the arts are not needs, they add purpose and joy to life. Children will be exposed to movement, music and visual arts activities. Students will realize that sharing flowers can be an act of philanthropy. They will use a problem-solving model to collaboratively choose an appropriate site for planting flowers. Through reflection, students recognize the benefits of service learning to the giver as well as to the recipient.
  1. Moving with the Marigolds

    ELA: Prior Knowledge; Reading; Response to Text/Others
    PHIL: LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Need; Trust; Volunteer
    SCI: Environment; Plants
    SOC: 4 genOn; Wants/Needs
  2. Friendly Flowers

    ART-VA: Visual Arts: Create/Communicate; Visual Arts: Interdisciplinary
    ELA: Group Discussions; Listening; Speaking
    PHIL: Commons; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Need; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SCI: Observation; Plants; Senses
    SOC: 4 genOn
  3. Flowering Philanthropy

    ART: Music; Visual Arts
    ELA: Brainstorming; Graphic Organizer; Informational Genre; Listening; Main Idea; Reflection; Speaking; Writing Process
    PHIL: Benefits; Common Good; Community; LEAGUE Wildcard Lesson: Environment; Values; Volunteer
    SCI: Environment; Plants
    SOC: 4 genOn; Wants/Needs

Philanthropy is "Phun"

To begin building a philanthropic foundation in students that encourages them to become active participants in society.
  1. ABCs of Giving (The)

    ELA: Reflection
    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Community
    SOC: Civic Responsibility/Virtue; Common Good
  2. Reach into the 'Caring Container'

    PHIL: Caring/Sharing; Community
    SOC: Common Good; Good Character; Reflection
  3. Learning the Lingo

    ELA: Vocabulary
    PHIL: Volunteer
    SOC: Community; Good Character
  4. Creating a Personal Philanthropy Timeline

    ELA: Group Discussions
    PHIL: Philanthropic Act
    SOC: Chronology; Common Good; Timelines

Phil's Garden of Good

The purpose of the unit is to introduce the learners to science and philanthropy through the care and sharing of flowers.

  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

The purpose of this unit is to role-play experiences that will give children a better understanding of the lives of the early pilgrims in their travels from Europe to America in search of religious freedom. They will recognize the importance of acting for the common good.

  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 will understand that you find poetry everywhere: lyrics to songs, commercials and rap. They will also realize that philanthropic themes are often found in poetry. Students will 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

The community of learners, parents, guardians and extended family become partners in voluntary action for the common good. As learners develop the four themes of philanthropy, culminating in two effective service activities, they will meet identified benchmarks and standards in all content areas. Learners will learn about the need for bicycle safety through understanding, relating and demonstrating the five basic rules of bicycle safety to others in the community. Learners will become aware of the basic vocabulary associated with philanthropy as they prepare for their service activity. Learners will demonstrate using their time, talent and treasure to provide for the common good through fund-raising 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)

  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)

 

Students view a video about a girl named Carly who is forced to leave her home. They define the term refugee and discuss the problems Carly faces in her travels to find a safe place to live. The students examine the reasons refugees must leave their homes. The students analyze a poster and describe what the characters might be feeling and thinking. They respond to the true story of a refugee girl in the book The Whispering Cloth. The students learn to distinguish the difference between wants and needs and categorize items into wants or needs.  Students learn that many times refugees are without resources to meet basic needs. The book, Four Feet, Two Sandals, illustrates some of the concerns and issues in a refugee camp. Students come to consensus and plan and implement a student-driven service project to benefit refugees or other children in need. As a reflection, students create a "story quilt" about their service project.

Focus Question(s): How do people become refugees? How does the plight of refugees affect us? What is our responsibility to address the needs of refugees?

  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 will use the reflection process to increase the learners' understanding of feelings, past experiences and consequences of actions. They will understand what makes a good interview and story, and conduct an interview of a family member. 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)

Students become actively engaged in the process of improving the world through acts of kindness. They learn to recognize those who are helping others as role models and emulate their actions by being helpful and kind to their classmates, families, and community members.

Throughout the unit, they continuously ask themselves:

What actions are helpful and kind and thereby make this world a better place?

How can I fulfill my responsibility to partake in these activities?

  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 will 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

The purpose of this unit is to introduce the learners to the concept of Environmental Stewardship, community and how making an area attractive is an act of philanthropy.  This will be achieved through looking at the Monarch Butterfly and the four stages of its life cycle. Learners will also discover that the Monarch is dependent on the milkweed plant as a source of energy.


Focus Question: How is caring for the environment, by protecting plants and animals, related to civic responsibility?

 

  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)

This lesson introduces the students to concepts about homelessness, hunger and philanthropy. The students will listen to a story about a Chinese 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

This unit will teach the basic philanthropic concept of selflessness. The students will be encouraged to consider the effects of their actions on others. The ultimate goal will be for students to understand that as responsible citizens they can resolve social problems by constructively participating in their communities. Private or individual action for public good is a Core Democratic Value.
  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

Sense of Community (A)

The goal of the unit is for students to recognize that they are part of different communities and that there are many types of communities in the world. The students use their senses to make more careful observations around their community. They gain sensitivity to the differences among people and among living situations around the world. The class chooses a service project related to homelessness

How do we use our senses to recognize similarities and differences between communities and people?

  1. Houses and Communities

    ELA: Houses and Homes; Response to Text/Others; Someplace to Go; Writing
    PHIL: 11 genOn; Community; Sensitivity; Service Plan; Time/Talent/Treasure
    SOC: 11 genOn; 12 genOn; Communities; Maps
  2. Using Senses in My Community

    ELA: Concept Mapping; Graphic Organizer; Narrative Writing; Response to Text/Others
    MAT: Classify; Data Collection/Organization; Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: 11 genOn; Common Good; Sensitivity
    SCI: Data Collection/Organization; Environment
    SOC: 11 genOn; 12 genOn; Common Good; Community; Environment
  3. Eating Together as Good Citizens

    ELA: Response to Text/Others; Vocabulary
    MAT: Graphs/Charts/Tables
    PHIL: 11 genOn; Caring/Sharing; Common Good; Community; Tolerance
    SOC: 11 genOn; 12 genOn; Communities

Sharing and Caring Across Generations

This K-2 unit works toward creating connections, sensitivity and friendship between people of different generations. Lessons are based on literature, math, science and social studies. Students listen to stories about different generations and make connections with some senior community members. Students explore everyone’s shared experiences with memory—memories of people, toys, good times, family. They also explore everyone’s responsibility for stewardship of the environment through reuse and recycling: in the past, the present and the future.In this unit, the students explore the shared experiences of people of many different generations and of the future. They will 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)

  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

Students will see an example of giving one’s talents (philanthropy) in Native American culture using children’s literature. They will analyze their own special gifts or talents and determine how the community can gain 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

By exploring the concepts and vocabulary of philanthropy, the students will be able to better understand what it means to help each other and be altruistic.

Focus Question: What can young people do to make the community a better place for all?

  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)

This unit demonstrates to students the importance of being aware of the needs and opinions of others. It encourages students to think beyond themselves and to treat others with tolerance and respect.

This unit enables students to reflect on the following questions:

  • What does it mean to cooperate?
  • What does it mean to share?
  • What does it mean to be tolerant of others?
  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)

Students will pantomime a book; identify the themes of community, caring and sharing; describe the advantages of cooperation for the common good; and describe how the characters’ experiences are alike and different from their own experiences.

  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 will recognize the importance of friendship in a person's life and identify organizations that help those without 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)

This lesson will encourage students to 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. They will observe changes in food, explore tastes, harvest vegetables and discuss the daily food needs of all individuals. They will learn about the contributions of farmers to society. They will be introduced to the concept of homelessness as well as hunger in their own community. Students will also learn how they can help people who are hungry. With their families, they will be involved in a project to 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 will introduce learners to 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)

In this lesson, 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. In an optional Extension of the lesson, they design and make posters with a “Save the Trees” message.

  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!

This unit emphasizes the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling with a particular focus on the significance of respecting the environment and being good stewards of the Earth.  Using literature and hands-on activities, the concepts of reduce, reuse and recycle will be explored.  The culminating project will include students sharing their time and talent to make new paper from used classroom scrap paper.  The learners will act philanthropically by using the hand made, recycled paper to create cards to give to others in the community.

Focus Questions(s):
Is it the responsibility of everyone to reduce, reuse, and recycle?  How does that demonstrate respect for the Earth?
 

  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)

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.  One main piece of this is the importance of recycling.  Students not only learn about the environment and creation, but also perform acts that preserve the environment.

Focus Questions:

What is the connection between creation and taking care of the environment?
Why is it important to take care of the environment?
What is my role in caring for 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

 This lesson offers an opportunity for students to make a difference in their community regarding kids hunger. 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))

This unit demonstrates that charity is a fundamental concept of Judaism. It engages students not only in the learning, but through performing acts of charity.

Focus Questions:
What is tzedakah?
Why is tzedakah important for both the person who gives and receives?
Is tzedakah only about giving money?

  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

So many of our students see themselves as individuals and have not made connections to "community." Is there strength in uniting? How do children develop a sense of community? In this unit, students will begin to view their family, friends and school as a community where people live, work and play together for the common good. Students will explore game-playing as an activity to build 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 will 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

Students will realize they have talents that can be used for the common good and that there are groups (foundations) that provide funds for the implementation of service projects. The students will 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 will decide a way to show their appreciation to those volunteers and be encouraged to find ways that they can be a volunteer to help others.

  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.

Focus Questions: Why do we need plants? Who's responsibility is it to be an Environmental Steward of the natural world?

  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

 Water is essential to all life; however it is not abundant in many areas. In order to preserve our usable water resources, water conservation needs to be a component of everyday life. Conservation can be done in a variety of ways. Through the completion of this unit, learners will develop an understanding of the water cycle, how to measure rainfall (water) and why it is essential to conserve this precious resource. Learners are able to display their ability to be a good citizen and stewards of the Earth by educating those around them about how these things can be done.

  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 heroism 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)

This unit introduces the word and concept of philanthropy as giving time, talent and treasure for the common good. It teaches Kindergarten students about personal conduct and encourages an understanding of group cooperation. Students experience the beneficial effects when people accomplish a task by working together as a group for the common good.

  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)

This lesson introduces the definition of community, and challenges students to explore the characteristics of their own community and 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.

Focus Question: What are some ways we can set a table for children who are hungry in our community?

  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 know how to help take care of the environment. “What’s All the Commotion in the Ocean?” is a unit to enhance children’s learning about ocean animals, pollution and how children can make a difference by being good stewards of the Earth’s water resources. The children will learn about ocean animals, the ocean environment and how to take care of the ocean environment.  They will develop possible answers to the question: What can we do to help the ocean environment? These discussions will lead to a culminating writing activity. The children will write a letter to an organization to find out how to help clean up our oceans.  While learning about taking care of the ocean environment they will learn that they are acting responsibly for the common good.

Focus Question: What can we do to help the ocean environment?

  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

The purpose of this lesson is to introduce the learners to the concept that community organizations need resources (money and materials) to help people in need.

  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!

In this unit, the 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. They also practice their skills with identifying and counting coins.
  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 will teach children about volunteers and the difference they make in our world. The children will conclude that even 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