March Moments of Service
These March events spark teachable Moments of Service. See lessons and resources below to connect students' academic and civic life.
March Is Reading Month
Help students understand the importance of literacy and supporting literacy in their community and world. Give kids lots of practice reading while they do service--have them read aloud to dogs and cats at the local shelter!
Women's History Month
Use the courage, passion and conviction of women philanthropists to inspire and motivate your students to serve.
World Water Day (March 22)
Focus student attention on the need for drinking water and irrigation to alleviate world hunger. Challenge your students to address the issue of water through a service project.
"Make Your Mark on Hunger" Campaign (March 15 to April 30)
Why are 1 in 5 children in the U.S. living in food insecurity? Guide your students in learning about hunger issues and taking action. Join generationOn and youth across the U.S. to fight hunger. Report your students' acts of service, and they will be matched with donations to Feeding America. Free resources and details at www.generationon.org/hunger
Infuse philanthropy themes into literature study. Reading and reflection offer an opportunity to explore universal themes of kindness, giving, self-interest, and the common good. Put on a philanthropy education lens as you read and discuss with students:
- What are the motivations of the characters?
- How did the character's actions benefit or harm him or her, and how did the actions impact the greater community?
- Identify a major problem in the story and analyze ways it could be addressed by characters and communities in the story. How do the characters use outside resources to solve problems? What happens when they rely on themselves alone?
- Identify themes and instances of the struggle between self interest and common good.
Check out these Learning to Give Literature Guides to combine selected literature with thought-provoking activities that teach children about giving and civic engagement. Whether you are a parent, youth leader, teacher, or mentor, you can use shared reading experiences to inform and inspire children to act for the common good.
This Annotated Bibliography of Children's Literature provides a list of books that have a philanthropy theme.
Learning to Give Lessons Related to Fundraising
Each single-class-period lesson focuses on making a difference in the community through fundraising. These lessons include bonus Learning Links and Reflection Activities.
- Banking on the Future: Penny Drive
- Designing Your Philanthropic Collage: Penny Drive
- How Do We Spend, Save, and Donate?: Penny Drive
- Living Your Passion: Penny Drive
- Lucky Money: Penny Drive
- Madam C.J. WalkeróLeader in Philanthropy and Successful Business Woman
- Makes Cents to Me: Penny Drive
- Making Choices with Scarce Resources: Penny Drive
- Motivations for Giving: Penny Drive
- Philanthropy--Why?: Penny Drive
- Pollution Solutions (8th Grade)
- Reading for Pennies: Penny Drive
- Spend, Save or Donate: Penny Drive
- Water--Where Has It Gone? (6th Grade)
- Where Does It All Come From? Penny Drive
- Who Will Care for the Water? (7th Grade)
Learning to Give Units
Multi-disciplinary service-learning units related to the themes of the month--aligned with individual state, Common Core State Standards, and some international standards--that teach responsible citizenship, civic engagement, and service for the common good.
Hover your mouse over the lesson titles to see a summary. Click on the title to go directly to the online lesson.
- Philanthropic Literature
- Sharing the Gift of Literacy
- Water Makes Our World Go 'Round
- What's All the Commotion in the Ocean?
- Each One, Teach One
- My Water, Your Water, Our Water
- Rivers for the Common Good
- The Important Thing About Reading
- Are You a River Keeper?
- Courage of the Heart
- Helping Children Learn
- Herstory in History
- Oil Changes Everything
- Our Air: The Quest for Quality
- Social Action Project (The)
- Stitch in Time for the Common Good (A)
- Water Resources and the Role of the Independent Sector
- Watershed S.O.S. (Saving Our Sources) 6-8
- Women of the Industrial Era
- Worthless to Priceless: It's all Relative
- Be the Change: Environment
- Heroism In Literature
- Literacy for You and Me
- Philanthropy at Home and Abroad
- Pondering the Impermeable
- Social ReformeróJane Addams
- Superheroes as Philanthropists
Profiles in Philanthropy
Informational Papers related to concepts of civil society and service
- Children in Fundraising
- Community Needs Assessments
- Motivations for Giving and Serving
- Common Good
- Women and Philanthropy
- Women’s Use of the Nonprofit Sector as an Alternative Power Source
- Youth Philanthropy
School Year Calendar
generationOn and Learning to Give are excited to offer a menu of resources to help you implement service-learning and philanthropy education into your school! View the School Year Calendar to discover more service opportunities.
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