Everyone Can Be a Real Hero

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The purpose of this lesson is to help the students understand that they can make a difference to someone by donating earning money to donate to a charity.

Lesson Rating 
One Month

The learnerwill:

  • volunteer their time and talents to earn moneythat will bedonated to a charity.
  • Chart Paper


  1. Anticipatory Set:Ask students to close their eyes and then raise their hands if they feel that sometime in the future they will probably be a real hero. Ask students to open their eyes and see how many hands are up. Talk about the possibility that every one of them could be a hero now by becoming philanthropists by giving of their time talents and treasure to help some, not just possibly sometime in the future.

  2. Ask students to identify Ronald McDonald.Ask them to explain what they know about the house that is named after him. (See Biographical Reference) Tell students that the house is a place where parents can stay free of charge when their children are patients in the local hospital.

  3. Explainto the students thatthey are going to do various jobs to earn money thatwill be donated to the Ronald McDonald House ora local charity.

  4. Teacher Note: Students should be reminded to onlywork for their family members or people that their familiesknow.

  5. Brainstorm types of jobs that they might do. (baby sit, rake leaves, pull weeds out of a garden,clean a room, carry out the trash, etc) Record these jobs on a large piece of chart paper and post in the room.

  6. Remind the students that it is important todo their jobs cheerfully andthoroughly.

  7. Have a secure place in the classroom available that the students can bring their earned "donations" in on a daily basis.

  8. Have various students count and record the amount of money collected each day until the end of the project. This could be in the form of a bar graph located in a central location.

  9. Arrange an all-school assembly to publicly present the proceeds to the charity and recognize the efforts and achievement of all students. If the money is being donated to a Ronald McDonald house try to have a representative come to accept the donation.


Put the following statement on the chalk board, "What I gained by participating in this project." Either orally or in writing have students address the statement.

Cross Curriculum 

Studentswill raise money to donate totheRonald McDonald House or a local charity.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.1 Define philanthropy as the giving and sharing of time, talent, or treasure intended for the common good.
    2. Standard DP 03. Names and Types of Organizations within the Civil Society Sector
      1. Benchmark E.2 Name an example of a civil society charitable organization.
  2. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 03. Providing Service
      1. Benchmark E.4 Demonstrate the skills needed for the successful performance of the volunteer job.
      2. Benchmark E.5 Articulate and demonstrate the safety procedures that are part of the volunteer experience.

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