Inquiring Minds: News and Philanthropy

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
3
4
5
Subjects: 
Arts Education
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Communication
Focus Question 

What is the role of philanthropy in my communities? 

 

Photo Credit:  The End of Another by Dennis S. Hurd is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

Students learn about the structure of the newspaper and identify acts of philanthropy and kindness in the news. They rewrite events from literature into news stories about acts of kindness. They look to their own communities for examples of philanthropy and write a newsletter that teaches others about philanthropy.

Service Experience 
Students publish a newsletter and distribute it to the entire school in print form or by e-mail. The goal of the newsletter is to teach other students about the role of philanthropy in building and strengthening communities. The students write articles about acts of philanthropy observed in the school and local community. Other articles may include definitions of philanthropy, the importance of philanthropy and idea sharing.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Inquiring Minds: News and Philanthropy
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

Students are introduced to the concept of current events. Current events are placed on a timeline and become a part of their daily routine. This builds a sense of time, chronological order and news events over the course of the school year. Students also become familiar with the purpose of news and the contents of a newspaper in particular looking for articles based on Acts of Philanthropy. Parents are encouraged to share news stories with their children.

Unit: 
Inquiring Minds: News and Philanthropy
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

Students have been looking for acts of philanthropy in the newspaper and in literature. In this lesson, they focus on finding (and performing) acts of philanthropy in the school and local community. They write newspaper-style articles about the acts of philanthropy that they observe or perform. They compile a newsletter that highlights good things going on in the community and when distributed to the entire school, teaching others about philanthropy.