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

Newborn and Child Survival (3-5)
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Unit Purpose:

Students identify the mission of Save the Children and recognize the need for saving children around the world. They learn the role of the civil society sector and why people give time, talent, or treasure for the common good. They view resources about the health workers who are saving children's lives across the world, and students work in small groups to research and report on five featured countries. They learn that they can support these health workers by choosing a service project to take action for children's health.

Follow this link to the Middle School Save the Children Unit: Newborn and Child Survival

Unit Duration:

Seven 30-45-minute class periods, plus time for small-group research and a service project

Unit Objectives:

The learner will: 

  • define civil society sector.
  • define and give examples of the four economic sectors of a democratic society.
  • list motivations for giving time or money for the good of another.
  • define philanthropy as giving time, talent, or treasure for the common good.
  • write a paragraph about a personal goal for taking action.
  • view and reflect on a video about health workers in five countries.
  • research and report on one of five countries.
  • take notes to list the five facts related to each of the five countries reported.
  • reflect on ways to share time and talent to help children in the United States and around the world.
  • select a service-learning project.
  • follow the service-learning action plan to carry out and reflect on their service.

Service Experience:

Although lessons in this unit contain service project examples, decisions about service plans and implementation should be made by students, as age appropriate.

Students choose how they want to take action to help reduce child mortality in the world. They may choose from ideas here or come up with their own. The time of year and availability of programs may help determine the project (See Save the Children projects by date below).

Knit/crochet a cap; advocate for using reusable water bottles and reducing water usage; raise funds for a specific cause related to child health; write letters to the president to ask for more money to be spent on children's health and hunger in developing countries; host an event to raise awareness or work on a project (such as knitting caps); inform the local media about the class's efforts (and increase the impact of the project).
 
Caps for Good - November 1, 2010 - February 28, 2011
Save the Children’s Advocacy Day - March
World Water Day - March
World Malaria Day - April
Mother’s Day - May
World Food Day - October
World Pneumonia Day - November
World Toilet Day - November
Holiday Giving Season - December

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State Curriculum and Philanthropy Theme Frameworks:

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