Pitch In — A Philanthropic Puppet Project

Unit of 4 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
3
4
5
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Library / Technology
Philanthropy
Science
Social Studies
Arts
Issue Area: 
Environment
Focus Question 

Focus Questions: Do people have a responsibility to care for the environment? How is being an environmentalist an act of philanthropy? 

Unit Overview 

Students study philanthropists and environmentalists through literature and research. Students choose one environmental issue to research. They will be asked to think about the link between philanthropy, their environment and active citizenshipStudents’ research and responses to the issues are presented in a culminating puppet play. 

Service Experience 
  The students will perform their puppet plays for other classrooms, parents and community members in order to raise awareness about environmental issues and motivate others to act.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Pitch In — A Philanthropic Puppet Project
Lesson 1 of 4
Grades: 
3
4
5

The purpose of this lesson is to explore what it means to be an environmentalist. Students will work in small groups to research an environmental issue—facts and solutions. The research will be conducted using at least three different types of resources (Internet, magazine, book, video or interview). The ultimate goal of the unit is to empower students to share their knowledge (talent) and make others aware of environmental issues for the common good.

Unit: 
Pitch In — A Philanthropic Puppet Project
Lesson 2 of 4
Grades: 
3
4
5

The purpose of this lesson is to create story scripts from the research and facts collected in Lesson One: Digging Up the Facts. The scripts will be comprised of the following parts: setting, one character per student, problem, solution, beginning, middle and end. Students will edit and revise their scripts and then practice and record them on a cassette tape for later use in the puppet play performance.

Unit: 
Pitch In — A Philanthropic Puppet Project
Lesson 4 of 4
Grades: 
3
4
5

In this culminating lesson, the students perform their puppet plays in order to teach others about environmental issues. As a final piece, students reflect on this project by writing an answer to some essential questions of the unit: What does it mean to be a philanthropist? What does it mean to be an environmentalist?