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

Time, Talent, and Treasure
Lesson 3
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Purpose:

Students will recognize time, talent, and treasure as components of stewardship and philanthropy. While written for a Catholic Elementary School, the lesson may be easily adapted for public school use.

Duration:

One session

Objectives:

The learner will:

  • identify their talents and what they do with their time and treasures as they relate to philanthropy and stewardship.

Service Experience:

Although this lesson contains a service project example, decisions about service plans and implementation should be made by students, as age appropriate.
Learn more about the stages of service-learning.

Students meet with a younger class (their "superfriends") to present a story they have written about a character who uses his/her time, talent, or treasure to help others.

Materials:

  • Time/Talent/Treasure Survey (Attachment One)
  • Time/Talent/Treasure Rubric (Attachment Three)
  • Journal Activity (Attachment Four)
  • Construction paper
  • Filler paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers/crayons
Handout 1
Time/Talent/Treasure Survey
Handout 2
Time/Talent/Treasure Survey (Sample Answers)
Handout 3
Time/Talent/Treasure Rubric
Handout 4
Journal Activity

Instructional Procedure(s):

Anticipatory Set
Pass out the Time/Talent/Treasure Survey(see Attachment One). Ask students to fill it out independently (possible answers are listed). This section is to be given with minimal assisstance.

  • Discuss answers as a whole group, pointing out the differences and similarities between our talents and how we give our time.
  • Explain to the students that we can give our time, talent or treasure to help the greater good. We can give in all three areas, two or one.
  • Ask students to write a story for their "superfriends" (a younger class), about a character that uses his or her time, talent or treasure to help the world or others. Publish these stories and bind in a book. Request that students include illustrations.
  • Present the finished books to the superfriends as a gift and a reminder to the younger students to be good philanthropists/stewards.

Assessment:

  • See Time/Talent/Treasure and Story Writing rubrics (see Attachment Three).
  • See Journal Activity (see Attachment Four).

Lesson Developed By:

Kelly Serwick VanSkiver
Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids
St. Alphonsus Elementary School
Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Handouts:

Handout 1Print Handout 1

Time/Talent/Treasure Survey


Name:                                        


Date:                                        


  1. If I had an hour to spend it on myself, I would




  2. If I had an hour to spend for the good of my community, I would like to use that time doing




  3. I am really good at




  4. One way that I use my talent (look at #3) to help others is by




  5. If I won $50, I would




  6. If I won $50 and was trying to be a good steward/philanthropist, I would





Handout 2Print Handout 2

Time/Talent/Treasure Survey (Sample Answers)



Name:       Sample Answers                                 


Date:                                        


  1. If I had an hour to spend it on myself, I would

    reading a book


  2. If I had an hour to spend for the good of my community, I would like to use that time doing

    cleaning up all the graffiti


  3. I am really good at

    basketball


  4. One way that I use my talent (look at #3) to help others is by

    helping students who are not very good at basketball become better


  5. If I won $50, I would

    buy a new Lego set


  6. If I won $50 and was trying to be a good steward/philanthropist, I would

    buy garbage bags and pick up trash around my neighborhood. Perhaps I would then give the rest to someone who needs it.



Handout 3Print Handout 3

Time/Talent/Treasure Rubric

Name:                                        


Date:                                        


Answers reflect appropriate and honest thought.  
Neatness counts and don’t forget correct heading!  


Ratings:
5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Average
2 - Poor
1 - Unacceptable


Story Writing Rubric


Name:


Date:


Story shows philanthropic character.  
Finished draft contains correct spelling and grammar.  
Neatness counts! (cursive, illustrations, heading)  


Ratings:
5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Average
2 - Poor
1 - Unacceptable


Comments:




Handout 4Print Handout 4

Journal Activity

Use these journal questions as a way to assess your students’ understanding of philanthropy.

  • Philanthropy means the giving of one’s time, talent, or treasure for the common good. Is that difficult to do? Explain your answer.

  • Is it easier to be the one giving or the one receiving? Explain.

  • Stewardship is like philanthropy. God has called us to be stewards over all he has given us. Tell one way that you could be a steward.

  • Do you like doing good things for other people as a group or by yourself? Explain.

  • People have been wearing those WWJD bracelets. They stand for “What Would Jesus Do?” What do you think those bracelets mean? Do you think they help? Why or why not?

  • Write about the most recent philanthropic deed that you have done. How did it make you feel to do this deed?

  • Write about the most recent good deed that you have received from someone else. How did it make you feel to receive this good deed?

  • Why do you think that people give? What is one reason that you give? Why do you think that people do not give?

  • Jesus said to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” What do you think that means? Who are our neighbors?

  • Some people need food, love, clothes, medicine, shelter, etc. What are some things you need that you do not have now? How do they compare to the items listed above?

  • How would you teach someone to be philanthropic?

  • How do you feel when you are treated unfairly? How do you feel when other people are treated unfairly? Which is harder for you: to be the one mistreated or to see others mistreated? Explain.

  • If you could give one thing to the world, what would it be? How would life change?

  • Do you think that people are more philanthropic now or were they more in the past?

  • What can we learn from the elderly? What can the elderly learn from children?

  • Brainstorm a list of GOOD DEEDS.

  • If you could give an award of philanthropy, what would the winner be like?

  • Middle school has a Christian Service requirement. Those students have to achieve a certain amount of service hours. Do you think students should be required to do acts of philanthropy? Why or why not?

Philanthropy Framework:

Comments

Kerrie, Other – Raleigh, NC4/11/2008 5:38:19 PM

I found the lesson helpful to my bible study class. It was just what I was looking for. Thank you for making these available.

Eric, Academic Dean – Karachi, Pakistan6/10/2010 3:26:09 AM

It's such a wonderful study on this topic. Specifically, the activity of writing a story is very effective. It's realy a work worthy to appreciate, and I thank God for yor talent to use for common good.

God Bless You!
May He Increase!

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Unit Contents:

Overview:Learning About Philanthropy-Diocesan Standard Summary

Lessons:

1.
Love of Mankind
2.
Call to Care (A)
3.
Time, Talent, and Treasure

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