Giving of Treasure: Heart and Mind

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
6
7
8
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Social Studies
Media / Technology
Issue Area: 
Financial
Focus Question 

 How do our needs and wants impact our choices? 

 

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Unit Overview 

Students will be guided through the process of identifying a community need and researching organizations that address that need. Based on presentations of available organizations, students will decide how scarce funds should be spent.

Service Experience 
The students may present their findings to a nonprofit organization and give them a check to support their work.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Giving of Treasure: Heart and Mind
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students will become informed about needs within the local community. Using personal experience as members of the community and information provided by a knowledgeable person in the community, students will decide where the need is greatest. Because scarcity of resources requires careful consideration, students will take a position supporting the need s/he feels is of greatest importance.

Unit: 
Giving of Treasure: Heart and Mind
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students will determine which community need should have greatest priority. Once a priority need has been determined, working as teams, students will research organizations that meet the community need. The research process will use a student-generated list of questions. Finally, students will compile and organize information for a visual presentation.

Unit: 
Giving of Treasure: Heart and Mind
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8

This final lesson of the unit will serve as an opportunity for each group to share their visual presentation with the class. Then students will compare and contrast the information. Finally, students will engage in thoughtful conversation as they listen to objective and subjective perspectives. This will aid in the decision-making process regarding financial support to an organization which meets a local community need.