Unit Overview 

Students identify the mission of Save the Children and their role in the civil society sector. Students view resources about the health workers who are saving children's lives across the world and research and report on five featured countries. They may support these health workers by choosing a service project to take action for children's health.

Service Experience 
Students may take action to help reduce child mortality in the world: 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).
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Newborn and Child Survival (3-5)
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

In this lesson, students learn the role of the civil society sector and why people give time, talent, or treasure for the common good. They identify the mission of Save the Children and recognize the need for saving children around the world.

Unit: 
Newborn and Child Survival (3-5)
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

This lesson introduces the health workers who are saving children's lives across the world. Students learn what types of preventable diseases threaten babies and children and what the workers do. Students work in small groups to research and report on five facts about five featured countries. They learn that they can support these health workers by sharing their time and talent.

Unit: 
Newborn and Child Survival (3-5)
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

In this lesson students choose a service project to take action for children's health in the poorest countries. Many ideas are suggested related to Save the Children's Newborn and Child Survival Campaign. The suggested projects are calendar events and can be found in the Service Experience and Handouts. Follow the service-learning plan of action to guide students in selecting the project that fits their time and talents.